Lankershim Boulevard Lighting and Trees

Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.
Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.
Here is my thinking on how Lankershim Boulevard needs to transform itself into to be attractive to all. 

I wanted to express a few thoughts and ideas to see how others feel on the street lights that were chosen for Lankershim street and the NoHo Arts District years ago. The plain 2 tier green post street lighting that was originally installed gives the street a bland, unattractive look and feel. With the rich culture of North Hollywood's past along with the growing artistic community and buildings that continues to flourish here I suggest we bring back the older antique street lighting you see on Magnolia street. This would enhance bring the feeling of our neighborhood back that old town feeling and give bring a more pedestrian and visual feel. Add a few finishing touches like iron bench's, hanging flowers from the street lights and we have a more visual user friendly arts district.

Most if not all costs could be underwritten through sponsorships from local businesses and people who live, work or play here. With each sponsorship include a plaque at the base of each fixture acknowledging the donor for their donation? To bring a more ascetic look and feel, remove the trees that are currently in the tree wells. These distract from our Boulevard, cover businesses, who BTW trim them down to an ugly stump. They become an eyesore, unattractive and a hazard due to the root system lifting up the sidewalks and curbs. If we view other streets that have gone through a transition such as Santa Monica Boulevard or even Palm Cyn Boulevard in Palm Springs with their majestic lighted Palms maybe then would be bring businesses to stick around. 

With the help of Paul Kerkorian our city councilman, local businesses, nurseries or garden centers to underwrite the cost of the removal and planting of new trees you might have your project covered. This project worked very well with an organization called Aid for AIDS www.aidforaids.net. Their ongoing project offers donors various levels of commitment by sponsoring a tree along Santa Monica Boulevard for people who have passed away from AIDS. With a donation of $2,000 you have a choice of purchasing the entire tree with your name on a plaque or for a lessor amount your name would be included with additional contributors. I purchased one myself for my partner who died from the disease. It's a lasting memory that lives on. We could utilize this idea to fund other projects that might be considered. 

As a community we need to come together voice our opinions to bring that change we are all looking for in NoHo and beyond.  
Do not take a Lane out on Lankershim for bikes January 05, 2014 at 12:57 AM
OH this is not West hollywood . Peopel do not have 2,000 dollars to give in NOHo David. Stop dream and moving on .
Laura January 05, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Good thoughts David. It would be nice if the community got behind some or all of these ideas. I don't know where they'd find more antique street lights though - the ones that were taken from Magnolia for the widening are supposedly being put back. But yes, a little character and charm would be welcome. I don't think palm trees are an improvement though. They provide no shade, and here in the valley, shade is a valuable commodity indeed. Nice shade trees? Definitely.
Do not take a Lane out on Lankershim for bikes January 06, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Why is this front of the patch. I don't see this happing . We could use more street liting in NOHO arts area to keep the public safty.
Nino January 06, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Did you all leave your enthusiasm in the dept stores when you finished Christmas shopping. I think Laura is bang on. Palm trees need too much trimming and we need shade for sure. The street is a very bare right now. We could start a local volunteer group to get behind a beautification program. Planter boxes, hanging baskets, think out side the box like Davin K. did.
David Park January 06, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Great idea! The current Arts District street lighting is extremely drab. People pay attention to exterior lighting, especially new visitors.
David Park January 06, 2014 at 12:01 PM
I love the look of hanging flower baskets on the streets. Seattle's are absolutely beautiful. NoHo doesn't have the year round climate that Seattle does. Would flowers make it thru our really hot summers?
Nino January 06, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Probably not. How about cacti. less watering also. On Ventura Blvd. Raffaels Restaurant has a wall of cacti its hideous but may be an idea can be taken from it.
Joseph Shore-Goss January 06, 2014 at 12:33 PM
you should take this proposal to Mid Town neighborhood council beautification committee
San Fernando Curt January 06, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Leave the trees alone!
charles Ewing January 06, 2014 at 02:58 PM
Any plans of the ''blighted'' area north of Burbank Blvd to the railroad underpass at Sherman Way...
george January 06, 2014 at 04:48 PM
No sure why the picture is from Palm Springs, that is an entirely different environment from ours, politically and otherwise. We do need more shade trees, so why not contact Tree People and get some donated. There are old style street lamp farms around L.A. where they lay unused for years, I'm sure switching them out is just a matter of the Neighborhood Council and City leadership to fund and implement a switch.
David Rivers January 06, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Love the idea of using the vintage lighting. Even cities like Burbank and Glendale have produced brand new lights that look Vintage. They don't have to be authentic. Trees need to be left alone and definitely not changed to Palm Trees. Just look at Chandler Blvd next to the subway. Those palm trees look awful after being neglected for a year or 2. There should be uniformity though in the trees. For example, Magnolia Blvd having Magnolia trees was sheer genius, until someone decided to plant a different tree halfway between Cahuenga and Vineland. Sigh.
David Keesey January 06, 2014 at 07:52 PM
Thanks for your comments! George, the picture was an example of tree lighting that looks inviting to the neighborhood. I do understand the Palm Tree thought, I'd just like to have a uniform tree lined street that doesn't tear up the sidewalks and curbs. Our current trees do both as well as messy! The tree people might come up with a good solution that won't cover-up business signs which is why they trim them so much a few have died. I don't know why when they planted these trees they didn't supply sprinkler systems to keep them nourished. What thought went behind that! Anyway, I wanted to let you all know that we have a Mid-Town North Hollywood Neighborhood Council meeting this Wednesday at the Senior Center in North Hollywood Park. It's on the corner of Tujunga and Chandler, next to the gymnasium. Would be great if you all would be willing to attend so we can discuss these and other ideas as well. We also have a beautification Committee that meets on the last Wednesday of the month at North Hollywood Police Station's Community room. I've joined as a volunteer, we really need additional folks to help implement your suggestions as well as ideas for your area. Yvonne Demery who is on the Council, is also the Chair of the Beautification Team. Please email Yvonne at yvonne_demery@sbcglobal.net for beautification thoughts, concerns and ideas. We really need able working volunteers to help on this committee. It's fun too. David Rivers, would you be willing to check out lighting plans and costs then get back to me? Once we have a budget we can go to the council and Paul Kerkorian's office to move this possibly forward. Charles, the blighted area could also be addressed at the meeting. Please join us!
Do not take a Lane out on Lankershim for bikes January 06, 2014 at 11:47 PM
I hope you know David there is know need for you come to the meeting Wednesday night because it is not on the agenda and they have all ready said no. So stop dreaming. Oh and Yvonne says done though for two years.
Chuck Arnold January 07, 2014 at 01:26 AM
Great idea, looks a lot like beautiful Studio City. You should take the concept of the Studio City Beautification Comm. you have a great idea.
David Keesey January 07, 2014 at 02:39 AM
Thanks Chuck, I do like what they've done to Ventura Boulevard. Will check it out!
Stephanie January 07, 2014 at 08:04 PM
Please ignore Do Not take...his real name is Matthew and he tries to tell people what to do all the time. Go to whatever meeting you want.
David Keesey January 07, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Thanks Stephanie, I know about Matthew. He works all the sites with his bad manners, horrible spelling and English. It's time that Patch and other sites ban his incentive comments.
Jean Jeunet January 07, 2014 at 09:05 PM
Ban him like a plastic bag! Let him terrorize Burbank.
Jean Jeunet January 07, 2014 at 09:10 PM
David, here is the form to request ornamental street lighting. It's $7500 per street light and $95/yr per property owner in that vicinity....assuming I interpreted the language correctly. Check here: http://bsl.lacity.org/downloads/Petition%20Ornamental%20Lighting.pdf
Do not take a Lane out on Lankershim for bikes January 07, 2014 at 09:18 PM
Guess what Stephanie Jean you know though this will every happen it is a cracy idea put on by Yvonne and you David. How are you go to do thiswhen evry one has said no and guess it will evry happen not in a life time so stop dreaming David and Yvonne. OH and how is incentive comments when I am just tell the truth it is not even on the agreed.
David Keesey January 07, 2014 at 10:52 PM
Thanks so much Jean! Wow, that's a bit pricey, however, if we can get the local businesses and our Councilman Paul Krekorian on board who has an office over the Chipotle Restaurant on Lankershim it could be done. If not, we could paint them a different color and include hanging baskets to beautify them. All things are possible!
David Park January 08, 2014 at 11:39 AM
"Do not take.." is a bully with nothing better to do than to harass the people who have civilized conversations. I do not know a single person here that has read his comments and.. A. thought 'what's his problem'? B. if agreeing with him, still not had his venom spewed at him/her C. wondered how someone can mangle the English language as he does I have looked in to reporting him to the editor but I've seen no way to contact him/her. The instructions on the contact page are incorrect.
David Keesey January 08, 2014 at 12:02 PM
David, if you attend the Neighborhood Council meeting tonight, you could speak to the council about Matthew or talk with him in person about his behavior as he volunteers his time to speak out about a variety of things in these meetings. Most comments as you can see have been negative, that is if you are able to understand him! He is an embarrassment to these posts and our District, especially word calling about our Councilman Paul Krekorian "Sitting on his fat ass." His behavior has gotten the attention of many on this site as well as others. I do hope you are able to contact Arin to discipline him! Frankly speaking, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!
David Keesey January 08, 2014 at 12:56 PM
For those that would like to discuss Matthew's or anyone else's behavior please contact the Editor in charge: Email arin@patch.com Phone (323) 691-4108 http://calabasas.patch.com/users/arin-mikailian Matthew has been banned before and changed his name to "Do not take a lane..." This type of behavior of his stops the creative process on sites like these due to his continuous BULLYING!
Diana Swartz (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 02:30 PM
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Lightnapper January 08, 2014 at 04:44 PM
Too rich.... While I don't agree with what "Do Not" is doing, neither do I condone censorship because bothersome "Do Not" is irritating, ill-mannered, insensitive, and sometimes uses language that some people might consider "offensive." He's mild compared to some folks. I consider No-Ho lucky that it's just the word "ass" and not much worse from an "alternative" perspective. At least we don't have to wade through the really negative aspects of language usage, bias, personal opinion, ignorance, racist and anti-lifestyle choices found on some Patch sites. Check out "14 Property Crimes in 14 Days" on Highland Park-Mt. Washington Patch for a taste of that. The recent Malibu Patch Lagoon Fiasco was priceless. Who's sleeping with whom. My turf or yours? For No-Ho, it's just one grammatically incorrect, politically motivated, personal agenda driven, gadfly's bewildering comments, albeit ad infinitum. Laugh at him as I do; ignore him if he irritates you; or, engage him if you dare step into that alternate universe-- civilly of course. "Adults" is a key word. Honestly, the "Do Not" Comment War got me to read the Blog article, which normally I would have passed on.
Do not take a Lane out on Lankershim for bikes January 08, 2014 at 07:22 PM
Oh David the idea will not work since the broad dose not support it I am not emburessed but this a very bad idea when bussiness do not have the money take you your btc commumuntine that meets last Wenesday of month at the Police . OH and Look at Paul record in the Art distirct that is why it is not go to work with his district.


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