Pedestrian killed on 5 Freeway; a “Creative Campus” for Elysian Valley; Silver Lake tree topples

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  • A pedestrian on the 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights was struck and killed in an early morning collision that backed up traffic for miles. L.A. Now
  • A developer reveals renderings for an Elysian Valley “Creative Campus” with 40 residential units near the L.A. River. KCET
  • A tree toppled across traffic lanes in Silver Lake this morning near Silver Lake and Glendale boulevards. KTLA
  • The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council will be hosting a Council District 4 candidates forum on Tuesday night. SLNC

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  1. This creative campus is gonna be great! Looking forward to being able to walk down the path to get coffee or a bite to eat. These bike-path facing developments are good progressive improvements that will increase biking and decrease driving in the local neighborhood. And another plus is they plan to tear down an ugly concrete and razor wire wall that is constantly being tagged with gang graffiti, which will open the street up to the river instead of hiding it.

  2. This creative campus is NOT gonna be great. Cart before the horse. No infrastructure, no increased density. Frogtown is a mess. Broken sewers, inadequate fire access, inadequate water mains, substandard streets, no signalization, no sidewalks,…. etc. etc. Its a light manufacturing zone and has no capacity for the intense residential/commercial development coming to it. Before they add a bunch of trendy shops and Air b’n’b “lofts” the infrastructure must be addressed.

    This is nothing but gentrification by “revitalization”. This development has 4 low income units– that’s abysmal. However, they did seem to make space for 16,000 sf. of commercial. Theres an entire 22 spaces for folks to park at this shopping center; that is, if the tenants haven’t snatched those up already. There’s no guest or client parking for those 40 live/work units. How are these businesses supposed to flourish if their clients can’t park? What if there’s one employee in each of those 40 live/work units?

    Of course, the environmental document is a sham. Marketing “river front lofts” but denying that the river is a habitat or an ecologically protected area. Shame on the developer for failing to address (in any way) the Biological Resources category on the MND, and shame on the City for claiming the river is “not a wildlife habitat nor a wildlife corridor.”

    These developments going in on the river are embracing it only as a marketing tool. There’s no mention of how all this development (there are 28 projects in the pipeline for Frogtown alone) is going to affect the river as an urban wildlife refuge and Significant Ecological Area (SEA), which it is. There’s no mention whatsoever of the numerous studies conducted to analyze the river and its riparian habitat by the Army corp, the River Master Plan, the SMMC, the Cornfield Arroyo specific plan, the EPA, etc. There are 170 bird species on the LA River, including 7 special-status species that nest and live in the Project area. The project is in a 100-year flood plain– Los Angeles currently has no flood emergency plan.

    We’ve the green light to develop, so let’s forget about all that nature stuff, its no longer a convenient narrative. We’ll shift it to clever art projects that trap rainwater and focus on “green” building. Who cares about a few bird nests, they’ll build more. Doomsday scenarios about floods and fires are so boring, thank God no ones paying attention.

    • Our gap in infrastructure maintenance/improvement funds is exactly why infill development is being encouraged… It’s much easier to pay for city services when you’re generating more economic output per acre. I suppose an argument could be made that this isn’t the best location for growth, but that’s why the city desperately needs to update the zoning codes (make it easier to build density around main transit lines; and harder the further away you get from them.)

      Also, I believe the city is pursuing a tax increment finance zone for the neighborhoods surrounding the river… so in theory, these developments should also be contributing additional revenue directly to the river-revitalization effort (http://www.latimes.com/local/cityhall/la-me-la-river-financing-20150118-story.html)

    • Everything you’re saying about infrastructure absolutely should be addressed. We need to petition Mitch O’Farrell to spend the money needed to repave streets, repaint the blighted walls, install better storm drainage, and more. However, developments like this even if they are premature will bring a spotlight to our neighborhood so the city will have more incentive to come in and do all these improvements.

      I think you’re overestimating the parking woes. Yes people coming from other parts of town will need to park (until Metro transit is improved) but I think the vast majority of people traveling within the neighborhood are going to use the bike path. I imagine a future where the bike path will be peppered with businesses facing the river with rows of bike racks so that we can bike down and stop for lunch, check out shops, etc.

      And on the nature topic I absolutely agree that we need to be careful about allowing wildlife to flourish, but after 70 odd years of completely ignoring the river and treating it like a joke and a toxic waste dump, I’m pretty sure any move in the opposite direction is a good thing even if it is just corporate lip service.

      We’ll never get perfect development that checks every box exactly how we want it to. At least we are moving in the right direction

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