How We Roll, May 11: check out these views

Art of Transit 

I took the pics at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area on Sunday as storms rolled through the area. For those who want to check out the park — and it’s a nice — there is a car free option with the Baldwin Hills Parklands shuttle running between the Expo Line’s La Cienega/Jefferson Station and the park on weekends and holidays. Click here for map and timetables.

Good urban news:

The museum will be a very short walk from the Expo Line’s Expo/Vermont and Expo Park/USC stations and the Metro 204 and 754 buses on Vermont Avenue.

A lot of local places get a shout out, including Salazar and Sqirl. Read the comments — one reader says the restaurants are a pain to drive to while another points to the fact that most of the ones listed are near the train or a bus line.

Nice. And it beats me having to say something nice about the conference final-bound Ducks.

More developments taking shape around North Hollywood station (Urbanize LA)

While Metro’s joint development for 15.6 acres around the Red Line and Orange Line station in NoHo is in the planning process, four residential buildings and one hotel are rising near the station. Here’s the latest rendering for Metro’s project:

Here’s what the area looked like from a helicopter last month — this is looking south along Lankershim Boulevard:

Opinion: is L.A. finally ready for a gondola to the Hollywood sign? (LAT)

The aerial tram in Portland that connects the South Waterfront to Marquam Hill. Photo by brx0 via Flickr creative commons.

Draw your own tram route! Photo courtesy Steve Hymon.

As LAT editorial page writer Kerry Cavanaugh points out, other pols and officials over the decades have floated the idea of a gondola/tram in the Griffith Park area (most recently it was L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge in 2004).

To put it lightly, those proposals were poorly received. But when L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti mentioned recently that perhaps a gondola/tram to the Hollywood sign was a good idea, the response…well, there was either none or people were supportive.

Hey, transit projects in these parts were commonly met with resistance and NIMBYism in the 20th century and several years into this one. These days…not so much as many people seek alternatives to traffic.

Berlin preserves its trippy subway stations (Citylab)

Photo by Axel.Mauruszat via Wikimedia.

Check out the pics, such as the one above.





5 replies

  1. At tramway should have towers positioned so that they don’t spoil the ridge-lines (or the antennae and helipad on Mt. Lee). One that goes from the Ferndale area, up to the sign (which is fenced off with heavy electronic security), and down to the Autry (or by the carousel, the Ferraro Soccer fields) and back would be cool. Like the old Skyway at the mouse house. It could showcase parts of Griffith Park that many don’t see or know about. Many would then hike to areas like Amir’s Garden, etc. Having an automated narration based upon where the gondolas are (with the ability to turn it off for the trip or to select other languages) would be really smooth.

      • Good point. If a gondola is ever built, it would be great if it could connect to the Metro Rail system. That said, putting a gondola over residential neighborhoods may be the thing that provokes opposition!

        Steve Hymon
        Editor, The Source

  2. The development makes no allowance for a BRT or rail extension east on chandler? In the rush to develop, we shouldn’t be short sighted. Metro needs to preserve right of way on the south edge of the property.

    • The project is still being planned and Metro is in the midst of negotiations with the potential developer. The rendering is interesting but may not represent what actually gets built. As plans evolve, we’ll definitely share the latest!

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source