Thanks for the seat — whoever you are

El Sereno —  Waiting for the bus is never fun. That is especially true at the sunbaked corner of Valley Boulevard and Vineburn Avenue, where car and trucks whiz past transit riders who until recently had no choice but to stand and wait for the 76 bus. But those same riders can now take a seat thanks to a pair of “guerilla bus benches” that have been installed across the street from each other.

The simple, Parsons-style benches made from plywood are bolted to the pavement. The top of one has been painted a shade of green, probably to cover up some tagging. “Por La Gente 2018 ” has been scratched into the corner of the benches.

Josef Bray-Ali said he has spotted the “guerilla bus benches” across Chinatown, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights. “I have seen them all over the grittiest most isolated bus stops in these areas,”he said.

There’s no obvious sign or marking on the two benches at Valley and Vineburn to indicate who made them. But perhaps someone can now make some guerilla shelters to provide some shade.

Photo by Josef Bray-Ali

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  1. There are kindnesses everywhere ….. this is one of them!

  2. Love it!
    Sometimes the best solution is to just do it.
    Well done.

  3. Someone took action, saw a need and did something! We should all be so kind and brave.
    So many areas on the east side where many ride the bus, there is no shelter from the sun or rain.
    Right in front of East Los Angeles College, students are standing and waiting, again no shelter from the sun and rain (although the rain rarely happens). And for that I think the college should do something about that to help make their student’s lives a little better at least for the moments they are waiting.

  4. It’s so, so, sad that it’s easier to just break the law and build things like this yourself rather then wait on our terribly inefficient government. But here we are… good job to whoever did this

  5. Meanwhile city of L.A. staff want to give an extension of the existing street funiture contract after backroom negotiating. Yuck!


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