Please Reconsider Removing Sidewalks from The Vermont Triangle

Dear EHNC Board Members, I live two blocks from the Vermont Triangle and urge the Board to reconsider its proposal to remove the crosswalks connecting it to Prospect Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. If the Triangle crosswalks go away, pedestrians wanting to walk from the northwest corner of Vermont/Prospect to the southwest corner of Vermont/Hollywood will have to walk 200-300 extra feet and wait for twice as many walk signals, increasing their trip by several minutes. This inconvenience will undoubtedly encourage jaywalking, creating a safety hazard for both motorists and pedestrians. Furthermore, removing the crosswalks may not even dissuade the homeless from camping in the Triangle. And even if it did, it will not remove them as a social issue, but merely displace them to another nearby location. As a nearby resident, I regularly experience and understand the blight and potential health hazards a homeless encampment engenders, but believe there are alternatives that would be less inconvenient for the dozens if not hundreds of pedestrians that walk through the Triangle daily on their way to shop, access the Metro, and go to work. Perhaps the City could fence in the majority of the Triangle, leaving a benchless sidewalk along the Vermont Avenue side, or replace the benches and plaza with less hospitable landscaping. This is similar to what exists along the Bundy Pocket Park in West LA and while homelessness is an issue there, the limited space reduces the size of encampments that form there. Thank you very much for your time,


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  • commented 2016-09-12 20:05:59 -0700
    I recommend you also take the EHBID Triangle survey as well – www.ehbid.org/survey
  • tagged this with good 2016-09-12 20:05:58 -0700
  • commented 2016-09-12 20:00:09 -0700
    Thank you for your response and for directing me to the correct website!
  • commented 2016-09-11 22:58:00 -0700
    The correct website url for the East Hollywood Business Improvement District is www.ehbid.org
  • commented 2016-09-11 22:45:50 -0700
    Hello Darren

    Thank you for writing your concerns about the Vermont Triangle.

    The EHNC is not currently considering any design proposal on the Vermont Triangle Median.

    The Vermont Triangle Median is maintained by the East Hollywood Business Improvement District ( www.ehbid.com ) which is currently doing community outreach on the Vermont Triangle Median due to the existing hazardous conditions for pedestrians and its contract workers which do maintenance and landscape upkeep.

    A concept plan was circulated in August and after doing some community outreach was modified to add 3 crosswalks and was presented to the LFNC Transportation committee. There will be modifications to the concept plan and perhaps alternative concept plans as the EHBID conducts its outreach Efforts in the community.

    Currently, the EHBID board has not voted on any official plan to make any alterations to the Vermont Triangle Median.

    If you have any suggestions to make improvements to the Vermont Triangle Median, please submit your sketches, drawings and/or plans on www.ehbid.com
    Any and all ideas are welcomed by the EHBID board.

    Jeff Zarrinnam
    EHNC Board Member & Treasurer
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