By BARRY LANK
Where is more parking needed in Echo Park and Silver Lake? Many residents have a long list of parking-poor places. But if you had to narrow it down, where to begin?
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has some specific ideas.
The city has put aside $355,000 in its proposed budget for 2016-2017 to study the need for public parking — including possible new lots or parking structures — in Silver Lake and Echo Park, as well as Venice, Leimert Park, Washington Boulevard and Lankershim Boulevard.
“For Echo Park, the study was prompted by the shortage in parking for both residential and commercial,” said Russell Hasan, a transportation engineering associate with LADOT. “For Silver Lake, the request came from the Neighborhood Council.”
In areas where parking meter zones have already been established, LADOT will be studying the number of spaces needed (based on current conditions and likely future development) and which properties are available for parking areas.
For Echo Park in particular, Hasan said, LADOT will be looking at …
- Sunset between the easterly leg of Laveta Terrace and Rosemont Avenue
- Echo Park Avenue between the first alley south of Sunset Boulevard and Montana Avenue
- Logan Street between the first alley south of Sunset and Montana
- Lemoyne Street between the first alley south of Sunset and the first alley north of Sunset
For Silver Lake, DOT plans to look at all streets bounded by …
- Sunset between Glendale Boulevard and Fountain Avenue
- Fountain between Sunset and Hyperion Avenue
- Hyperion between Fountain and Rowena Avenue
- Rowena between Hyperion and Glendale
- Glendale between Rowena and Sunset
“The area could be scaled down if the cost is prohibitive,” Hasan said.
So which areas in Echo Park and Silver Lake need parking the most? Give your ideas in the comments.
Barry Lank grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, then went away for a seriously long time. He has worked in TV and radio, and currently helps produce The Final Edition Radio Hour.
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