Recent Streetsblog LA posts about Pico/Olympic

Judge Slams, Stalls Pico-Olympic Plan

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Maybe it’s not such a "done-deal" after all. Mayor Villaraigosa and Councilman Jack Weiss, the two elected proponents of speeding up traffic on Pico and Olympic Boulevards at the expense of local businesses and non-motorized travel, were dealt a setback yesterday when a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge ruled that the city needs to […]

Redefining a 180

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In yesterday’s Times, Steve Hymon discusses the changing attitude at LADOT about how best to move people throughout the city. The headline, "L.A. officials do a 180 in traffic planning" suggests that we were about to read some radical stuff. Maybe he was going to discuss Gordon Price’s argument that LA needs to be more […]

Council Holds Slimmed Down Pico/Olympic Plan

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When an angry mob of westside business owners descends on city hall it can mean just one thing…it’s time for another hearing of the Mayor’s Pico/Olympic Plan. Yesterday, the City Council’s Transportation Committee picked up where they left off last December to listen to LADOT and the local business owners tell two different stories of […]

A Flaw in Pico/Olympic Study?

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At Monday’s Pico/Olympic meeting one comment questioned the validity of LADOT’s "pilot program" where they gauged the effects of re-timing the signals on the traffic pattern because the study occurred on Jewish holiday. DOT representative John Fisher seemed confused as DOT re-programs all pedestrian signals to take Jewish holidays into account. When he asked the […]

Westsiders Get Riled at Pico/Olympic Meeting

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Everyone Opposed, Raise Your Hand…You in the Back, We’re Ony Counting That Once! It seems that every time I go to a meeting focused on the Pico/Olympic Boulevard controversy the meeting gets a) more crowded and b) more confrontational. Last night, literally hundreds of residents and business owners packed a forum held by the Westside […]