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Street Porch Celebration Planned

Living Streets Los Angeles and Council District 14 invite community members to celebrate the city's approval of the York Boulevard Street Porch on Saturday, Sept. 29

With the City Council last month approving plans for a York Boulevard parklet, Council District 14 and Living Streets LA are planning to celebrate the city's support on Saturday, Sept. 29 with a community gathering at the project's proposed location.

Community members are invited to attend the celebration of the on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9-10 a.m. at 5040 York Blvd. in front of Do it Best Hardware.

In addition to serving light refreshments, attendees will also be able to get their hands on final copies of the street porch plan.

Though the city council voted last month to direct the Planning, Transportation and Public Works Departments to support the construction of the parklet, Living Streets LA--the design firm hired by Councilman José Huizar to help facilitate the "new York" Vision Plan--said that there are still some finals tweaks to be made in design to ensure safety and portability.

From Living Streets:

The refinements include: designing a modular wooden deck so that the project could be moved for utility and road work; replacing the concrete bench seats with wooden seats, so they would not be too heavy to move; and adding mosaic tile to the bench backs and the sitting rounds, so we can maintain the artful character of the project.

The parklet will be constructed in an area currently designated as a no park zone on York Boulevard, next to a crosswalk. Proponents hope it will create a community gathering space and promote shopping at nearby local businesses.

The MOG September 06, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I hate to have to say it, because I want the idea to be successful. I hope people enjoy it. I ride York Blvd. on my bicycle, but rarely stop. Unless to window shop. I'm afraid that late @ nite, oh I don't know, maybe 3AM on a Sunday, this thing will be taken out by a drunk. I hope not. I hope graffitti is the only problem. I tend to be a worry-wort. I predict it will be well appreciated, after people get use to it.

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