Once upon a time, Target had an ambitious plan to build a new shopping center at the southwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue.
The complex would offer a modern, pedestrian-oriented design, with ground-level retail, a plaza and outdoor dining, as well as wide sidewalks and landscaping. Target center would also transform the blighted corner into a vibrant, safe, family-friendly community. While the project was met with some opposition, as such developments typically do, most residents supported it.
The only issue is the overall project height, being slightly above the area’s zoning ordinance. Nevertheless, it was well worth it: the project would bring hundreds of jobs and a major improvement to the area. So, the city council approved it, and the construction commenced shortly thereafter.
The eastern Hollywood area unfortunately also has NIMBYs, including a local group “Citizens Coalition Los Angeles” (CCLA). NIMBYs are infamous for rejecting any & all developments – even if it means improvement – as long as it would be “in their backyard”. So, the lawsuit soon followed – in an attempt to block the project under any pretense. The NIMBYs did succeed, and the judge – as ridiculous as it sounds – blocked the construction that was already well under way.
Well, congratulations, NIMBYs! You won, but you have also created major problems for yourselves. There will be no convenient shopping, dining, or entertainment near you. The area now looks even uglier then before. So, may you enjoy the scenery of unfinished building, naked framework, and dull fences for years to come! May you also enjoy intrusive concrete & cement, with a side order of graffiti! You wanted to stop the project, so you got what you deserve. Nevertheless, I do feel sorry for the developers and everyone else – who did support the project.
Truly, the NIMBYs have dropped to a new low… And because of just a handful of opponents, everybody else will now have to endure an eyesore at Sunset and Western, not mentioning the loss of all the good things that the project would bring. Of course, the local media got into its ultra-liberal frenzy, and published very nearsighted articles blaming the developers and mayor Eric Garcetti. The media didn’t bother researching who was the real culprit behind this sudden work stoppage! Read more…