An Open Letter to Councilmember Rosendahl

Dear Councilman Rosendahl:

The community knows that you care about the chronic parking issue in Venice, and knows that you are personally supporting construction of the investor-owned private parking structure behind Abbot Kinney. This parking structure is proposed to cover the entire City block between California and Santa Clara Avenues.

Many in the Venice community are anxious and determined to maintain Venice’ very unique ambiance and insist that new development be sensitive to our distinctive culture and fit in to our to community which is now like no other in Los Angeles.

The recently organized community movement, ImagineVenice, was created because we don’t want what we treasure to drift away.  Our mission is to support development—as long as it focuses on development that is determined to maintain its character and ambiance.

Abbot Kinney at this very moment is at serious risk of becoming another Grove or Santa Monica mall. We are now a unique low-rise wide-open shopping and dining district. This style and ambiance is what draws many to shop and dine here.

Our community needs parking.  In particular, Abbot Kinney needs what it is was promised–that all of the lots backing Abbot Kinney be finished and 2 hour parking meters installed.  Now, the existing spaces are mostly filled with long-term parkers and the availability of spaces is seriously reduced because of this.  Installation of two-hour meters would immediately  reduce and possibly eliminate the lack of parking for shoppers and diners. There would be an amazing availability of parking if the spaces we have now are all metered.  The Street does not need long-term parking.

ImagineVenice was created with the mission to find solutions which support development. But, only changes and development which protect our community’s culture and ambiance. It insists that all development first and foremost focus on that goal.

ImagineVenice recognizes the serious need for short-term Abbot Kinney adjacent parking and the need to direct beach goers and tourists away from parking on our residential streets by providing parking for that transient population. ImagineVenice proposes the following solution to our parking problems for your review and consideration:

OUR PROPOSAL

1.  COMPLETE ALL OF THE DEDICATED PARKING LOTS BEHIND ABBOT KINNEY AND INSTALL 2-HOUR METERS IN ALL SPACES.

2.  CONSTRUCT THE PROPOSED PRIVATE AUTOMATED PARKING ON THE MEDIUM STRIP AT ABBOT KINNEY AND VENICE BOULEVARD.  A PARKING STRUCTURE IN THIS LOCATION COULD PROVIDE LONG-TERM PARKING FOR WORKERS, SHOPPERS AND DINERS AND, VERY IMPORTANTLY, WOULD KEEP BEACH GOERS FROM PARKING ON OUR RESIDENTIAL STREETS.

3. INSTALL 2-HOUR METERS ON ABBOT KINNEY INSTEAD OF THE LIMITED PARKING MANDATED THERE PRESENTLY.

The members of ImagineVenice insist that your office and the Department of Transportation immediately perform a  complete review of our proposal. We believe this comprehensive proposal will eliminate all of the area’s parking problems.  It will provide constant parking for shoppers and diners and give our local streets back to its residents.

ImagineVenice proposes a direct and easy-to-accomplish solution to our parking problems. Most importantly, our solution will not forever destroy our culture and distinct one-of-a-kind ambiance.

Please fight with us, for us.

ImagineVenice

cc:
Jaime de la Vega, General Manager LADOT
Detrich B. Allen, Executive Officer, LADOT
Cecilia Castillo, Field Deputy 11th District

Welcome to ImagineVenice

There is no other community in Los Angeles like ours. We treasure past and lively present. And now, with Venice becoming the destination to live, create, shop, dine and even, just hang out, we are facing critical choices that will effect the culture and life of our community for many years to come.

ImagineVenice.org is for you–Venetians who know that our community is a very special place in the world.

As participant-creators of this amazing place, we must keep our eyes open and stay involved. If we do not, we will find ourselves living in a community that has been transformed into another Grove or Santa Monica Promenade. We already have a new 3-shop ‘mini-mall’ on the Street. Deep pocketed corporate interests are willing and able to pay any price to lease on Abbot Kinney. Locally owned shops and restaurants are on the ‘endangered list.’ Just in the last three months we have lost Plantation, Evolution Salon and Double Vision. Our sweet Jin Patisserie is being pushed out along with Glen Crest BBQ. The Plantation space is now leased to a high-end European company with other such shops opening soon.

We are a group of concerned residents who no longer want to watch what we treasure about our community melt away. Currently, there are a number of large developments being reviewed by the city. These projects need the immediate attention of residents, merchants, property owners, and people who care about the preservation of Venice.

ImagineVenice.org will attempt to keep all interested Venetians up to date on commercial developments in our community. Initially, we will review progress on the following:

1. A proposed automated block long privately owned parking structure behind Abbot Kinney facing Electric.

2. A proposed development of a boutique hotel on the 1000 block of Abbot Kinney.

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Welcome to ImagineVenice

There is no other community in Los Angeles like ours. We treasure past and lively present. And now, with Venice becoming the destination to live, create, shop, dine and even, just hang out, we are facing critical choices that will effect the culture and life of our community for many years to come.

ImagineVenice.org is for you–Venetians who know that our community is a very special place in the world.

As participant-creators of this amazing place, we must keep our eyes open and stay involved. If we do not, we will find ourselves living in a community that has been transformed into another Grove or Santa Monica Promenade. We already have a new 3-shop ‘mini-mall’ on the Street. Deep pocketed corporate interests are willing and able to pay any price to lease on Abbot Kinney. Locally owned shops and restaurants are on the ‘endangered list.’ Just in the last three months we have lost Plantation, Evolution Salon and Double Vision. Our sweet Jin Patisserie is being pushed out along with Glen Crest BBQ. The Plantation space is now leased to a high-end European company with other such shops opening soon.

We are a group of concerned residents who no longer want to watch what we treasure about our community melt away. Currently, there are a number of large developments being reviewed by the city. These projects need the immediate attention of residents, merchants, property owners, and people who care about the preservation of Venice.

ImagineVenice.org will attempt to keep all interested Venetians up to date on commercial developments in our community. Initially, we will review progress on the following:

1. A proposed automated block long privately owned parking structure behind Abbot Kinney facing Electric.

2. A proposed development of a boutique hotel on the 1000 block of Abbot Kinney.

 

We Are Pro Development

We understand that nothing stays the same. We are interested in promoting any new projects with the appropriate scale and look that maintains our unique and cohesive sense of community. We want to encourage developers to create buildings that will fit in and enhance our already vibrant neighborhood.

To protect what we have, we will insist that new developments consider our unique ambiance first and foremost. Our priority is to maintain the character of the Street and our community. If we don’t participate in the civic debate concerning the development in our community, we will be defeated by powerful influences driving their own vision. A vision whose highest goal is commerce and profit, not community and culture. Our Venice uniqueness is threatened and could be gone forever. If we do not engage in this community building, we will only have ourselves to blame for the homogenization that could occur and that we see all around us in other Westside communities.

 

Development is Inevitable

Only positive local influence on future developments will save our distinctness.  Development is inevitable. We can make a difference by demanding that future development  fits  into  our neighborhood.  Our commitment to you is to inform you of what development issues face our community. We want your voices to be heard in the city and by the developers. Please join us.

Stay informed and speak up if you want to keep Venice unique and special.  Encourage new projects that maintain our community’s ambiance.  If you don’t, Venice will be lost forever. We will be left here only to dream and ImagineVenice as it was and could have been…if only we had paid more attention.

Please watch this space and sign our mailing list to keep informed of community developments as they unfold.

Share this blog with others.

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Development is Inevitable

Only positive local influence on future developments will save our distinctness.  Development is inevitable. We can make a difference by demanding that future development  fits  into  our neighborhood.  Our commitment to you is to inform you of what development issues face our community. We want your voices to be heard in the city and by the developers. Please join us.

Stay informed and speak up if you want to keep Venice unique and special.  Encourage new projects that maintain our community’s ambiance.  If you don’t, Venice will be lost forever. We will be left here only to dream and ImagineVenice as it was and could have been…if only we had paid more attention.

Please watch this space and sign our mailing list to keep informed of community developments as they unfold.

  Share this blog with others.

Comments

We Are Pro-Development

We understand that nothing stays the same. We are interested in promoting any new projects with the appropriate scale and look that maintains our unique and cohesive sense of community. We want to encourage developers to create buildings that will fit in and enhance our already vibrant neighborhood.

To protect what we have, we will insist that new developments consider our unique ambiance first and foremost. Our priority is to maintain the character of the Street and our community. If we don’t participate in the civic debate concerning the development in our community, we will be defeated by powerful influences driving their own vision. A vision whose highest goal is commerce and profit, not community and culture. Our Venice uniqueness is threatened and could be gone forever. If we do not engage in this community building, we will only have ourselves to blame for the homogenization that could occur and that we see all around us in other Westside communities.

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Welcome
We are concerned long time Venice residents who no longer want to watch what we treasure about our community melt away. Our aim is to lead the conversation clarifying, informing, and uniting us in the preservation of our unique community.

We hope you will find interesting new thoughts here as we ImagineVenice together.

Marian Crostic          Elaine Spierer

Co-founders,
ImagineVenice