Edition 32
2 Posts
ABBOT KINNEY:

THE MAULING OF THE ‘COOLEST STREET IN AMERICA’

August 18, 2017 – Or is it malling? It’s both. And it’s bad…
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VENICE CULTURE:
THE CORPORATE CARNAGE CONTINUES
August 18, 2017 – All of this is not much different than the raping of our housing market by Wall Street and foreign owned investor-syndicators….
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Edition 31
1 Post
VENICE CULTURE:
GOODBYE DANDELION?
June 19, 2017 – When Crayola can kick a color like the beloved ‘dandelion’ to the curb, how can we whine about the oh-so-much less monumental changes in our beloved Venice?…
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Edition 30
1 Post
VENICE CULTURE:
IS VENICE A MYTH?
April 28, 2017 – Despite challenges from two local residents to unseat the current council person, our councilman gets to continue his benign neglect of Venice for another six years…
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Edition 29
1 Post
VENICE CULTURE:
IS VENICE A MYTH?
February 26, 2017 – Maybe there really is no there here — not now — maybe there never was…
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Edition 28
2 Posts
VENICE CULTURE:

HEADLINE: “VENICE RESIDENTS HIRE LAW FIRM ON RETAINER”

November 14, 2016 – That hasn’t happened yet! — but it won’t be long before Venice residents really do hire a fully engaged law firm just to represent all their neighborhood concerns and interests…
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VENICE CULTURE:
THE NEW VENICE
November 14, 2016 – We don’t know how many commercial buildings and how many residential apartments were converted and taken over by Snapchat this past year or two, but it is getting easier to recognize a building housing the Snapsters….
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Edition 27
1 Post
HOTEL DEVELOPMENT:

THE ABBOT KINNEY HOTEL (VENICE PLACE) FIRST HEARING – SEPTEMBER 8

August 9, 2016 – The developers, after a couple of years, finally submitted their environmental report to City Planning. Most everyone expected Planning to sign right off on it and push this project on, and they did exactly that. Now it proceeds to the public hearing process…
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Edition 26
2 Posts
VENICE CULTURE:

LISTEN! THIS IS A REALLY LOUD ALARM BELL! THE BID IS COMING

July 27, 2016 – An entity called a ‘Business Improvement District’ or BID is almost here. The City Council will meet and vote on its creation in late August. What? You don’t know anything about it? You and just about everyone else in Venice. This is one very big secret….
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ABBOT KINNEY:
BULLDOG REALTY GOES FOR IT – ABBOT KINNEY SINKS FURTHER INTO PARKING QUICKSAND
July 27, 2016 – In front of one of the original Craftsman homes on Abbot Kinney is Bulldog Realty’s Notice of Intent to obtain a Coastal Development Permit. The permit is to demolish and build new…
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Edition 25
2 Posts
VENICE CULTURE:
SOME WORDS FORM THE ‘HOOD
June 13, 2016 – It’s been a while since ImagineVenice had something to say. Why? …because no one likes to read an edition comprised of rants. It seems like all the action around here provokes one rant after another – so, we guess, it’s time to let it rip…
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VENICE CULTURE:
ENFORCEMENT? NOT IN VENICE
June 13, 2016 – If you want local laws enforced, better move to Brentwood. Somehow, even though we are in the same council district, trash cans are plenty over there and homeless people are not setting up tents on their sidewalks…
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Edition 24
2 Posts
ABBOT KINNEY:
MORE TALES FROM ABBOT KINNEY – VENETIAN OR POSEUR?
February 19, 2016 – The street fills daily with hordes of world tourists who read about it in a guide book in Tokyo or Paris…
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ABBOT KINNEY:
WHERE BUT HERE? VENICE – A GRAND SALON
February 19, 2016 -Abbot Kinney is packed. It’s hard to pass on the sidewalk with all the baby strollers and the packs of people walking like packs of Golden Retrievers – gorgeous, self-assured, exquisitely coiffed with their very long hair…
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Edition 23
1 Post
ABBOT KINNEY:
WHAT HAVE WE BECOME? MORE TALES FROM ABBOT KINNEY
Posted February 10, 2016 – One guy recently defending an enormous proposed project on OFW proclaimed we were all going to be ‘left behind’ if it was not approved. Left behind?

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Edition 22
2 Posts
VENICE CULTURE:
SNAPCHAT!
December 2, 2015 – Time and again, our city fathers boast about the new “Silicon Beach.” They are practically ecstatic over the influx of start-up tech companies opening up shop in our beach community….
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ABBOT KINNEY:
AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES
December 2, 2015 – Donut Star opens with CBS news coverage… Salt & Straw the hippest of ice cream shops out of Portland, readies its arrival in Venice…
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Edition 21
2 Posts
ABBOT KINNEY:
OUR OWN ABBOT KINNEY TSUNAMI

October 2, 2015 – So many construction projects are underway right now on Abbot Kinney that the only way to give you a picture of what we are becoming is to list them….
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ABBOT KINNEY:
IN A BLINK OF AN EYE
October 2, 2015 – …the historical character of a building is obliterated. That’s what just happened on Abbot Kinney….
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Edition 20
3 Posts
VENICE CULTURE:
THE PROJECT APPROVAL PROCESS IS THE WILD WEST

July 23, 2015 – Hardly a day passes when a new approved project filled with exemptions, exceptions and questionable mass and scale issues doesn’t pop up. Who cares?…
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HOTEL DEVELOPMENT:
THE ABBOT KINNEY HOTEL (NOW VENICE PLACE PROJECT) WHERE ARE WE NOW?
July 23, 2015 – A hotel in Venice on Abbot Kinney. This could have been a true landmark development. It could have been neighborhood friendly and a real enhancement to the community now and in the future…
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ABBOT KINNEY BLVD.: WE TRY AGAIN – A PARKING SOLUTION FOR OUR COUNCIL MEMBER’S CONSIDERATION
July 23, 2015 – Everyone knows that Abbot Kinney is in desperate need of parking. Parking is not only for the patrons who shop and eat on the street but no one is focusing on all of the employees and general workers on the street who are forced to park all day in adjacent residential streets…
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Edition 19
2 Posts
ABBOT KINNEY:
WHAT IS VENICE?
Posted May 27, 2015 – We’re pretty old. Yes, we are old, unique, bohemian, creative and one-of-a-kind. Small cadres of residents have found themselves “manning the barricades.”…

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HOTEL DEVELOPMENT:
SEARCHING FOR A BLT ON ABBOT KINNEY
Posted May 27, 2015 – Have you noticed? On our street of the cool and fabulous you now can buy a pair of Fluevogs (their website says they are ‘divine’) or pick up a fabulous Italian pair from Floretini & Baker out of Bologna. …

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Edition 18
2 Posts
ABBOT KINNEY:
REALLY
Posted April 16, 2015 – Let’s not mince words, it’s over. We are fabulous. GQ said so. We look good on the outside…

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HOTEL DEVELOPMENT:
THE ABBOT KINNEY HOTEL PROJECT (NOW CALLED VENICE PLACE)
Posted April 16, 2015 – What’s New is Old. The developers invited a select group of guests to see their ‘big reveal.’ Now, it’s gussied up with a very ‘current’ look…

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Edition 17
1 Post
VENICE CULTURE:
THE VENICE TSUNAMI – ‘SILICON VALLEY’
Posted January 29, 2015 – It wasn’t that long ago when our local politicians were slapping themselves on the back and taking bows before an adoring crowd of Google-ites and Venice residents…

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Edition 16
2 Posts
VENICE CULTURE:
THE NEIGBORHOOD 2 ANTI-NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPERS 0
Posted January 20, 2015 – The decision was unanimous: 5 – 0 at the Planning Commissioner’s meeting last week…

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ABBOT KINNEY:
MORE CRACKS
Posted January 20, 2015 – Our golden egg cracked a little more this month with the imminent loss of: Pamela Barish, Mona Moore…

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Edition 15
2 Posts
VENICE CULTURE:
THE NEIGHBORHOOD 1 The GJELINA GROUP 0
Posted December 1, 2014 – A near-total turnover of the Venice Neighborhood Council and LUPC Committee members last Spring, has actually changed the focus of the ‘deciders’ to what’s good for Venice and its unique neighborhoods. …

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ABBOT KINNEY:
WELCOME TO OUR WORLD
Posted December 1, 2014 – It started quietly, slowly. Just a fine crack. First signs? Was it when we happily waited in a long line to order a cup of coffee off a menu of rate coffee choices. That’s when a cup of coffee became precious…

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Edition 14
5 Posts
VENICE CULTURE:
VENICE, A NEIGHBORHOOD OF STRANGERS
Posted September 12, 2014 – Imagine buying a home on one of Venice’s streets only to find out that you really have no true neighbors — that your neighborhood is not a real neighborhood…

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VENICE CULTURE/ABBOT KINNEY:
320 SUNSET
Posted September 12, 2014 – Gjelina’s application received a stunning rebuke from the Zoning Administrator. The Zoning Administrator found so many insufficiencies with the “Change of Use” application, it was placed on a complete hold…

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HOTEL DEVELOPMENT:
UPDATE – THE HOTEL PROJECT
Posted September 12, 2014 – This project is really The Electric Avenue Hotel. If this design moves forward the damage it will do to Oakwood and Venice will be felt forever.

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ABBOT KINNEY
UPDATE – HISTORIC BUILDING “RENOVATION”
Posted September 12, 2014 – The new owner-developer of 1349-53 Abbot Kinney finished neutering one of the street’s most historic and interesting buildings.

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ABBOT KINNEY
UPDATE – ABBOT KINNEY SHUTTLE
Posted September 12, 2014 – Councilman Bonin’s office is taking a look at possible re-activation of the Historical Society’s antique shuttle.

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Edition 13
2 Posts
VENICE PARKING:
SIMPLE SOLUTIONS TO COMPLEX PROBLEMS
Posted June 13, 2014 – Don Novack of Hal’s has an idea on how we can reduce traffic congestion on Abbot Kinney and its surrounding streets…

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VENICE CULTURE:
WELCOME TO OUR WORLD
Posted June 13, 2014 – Does anyone not understand why so many of the original members of the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) and it’s important Land Use Committee (LUPC) were either not re-elected or voted out?…

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Edition 12
1 Post
ABBOT KINNEY:
6? LOUBOUTIN HEELS
Posted May 20, 2014 – WARNING! Before reading Edition 12, take one Alka-Seltzer or have a very stiff drink! Why did Abbot Kinney become LA’s most special and unique shopping and dining destination?…

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Edition 11
2 Posts
VENICE PARKING:
1940 or 2014? OUR CITY PLANNERS THINK IT’S 1940
Posted April 22, 2014 – Abbot Kinney is paying a big price for old city decisions that lacked foresight. Decisions made in the 30?s, 40?s and 50?s are hammering our community now…

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ABBOT KINNEY:
TRANSITIONS
Posted April 22, 2014 – Construction, Change of Use, For Lease…

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Edition 10
1 Post
HOTEL DEVELOPMENT:
THE HOTEL ON ABBOT KINNEY BLVD. WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Posted January 9, 2014 – This project is big, very big. It will take up an entire city block on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in the heart of Venice. The scope of this hotel project is so large it will force a change in our extraordinary neighborhood and the way we currently live in Venice. These are not simply words but a promise of what will be…

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Edition 9
3 Posts
ABBOT KINNEY BLVD.:
TOTO, I’VE A FEELING WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE…
Posted September 20, 2013 – Notice the real change on Abbot Kinney? No, we don’t mean the newest trendy corporate-sponsored shop…
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HOTEL DEVELOPMENT:
THE HOTEL – WHO’S MINDING THE STORE?
Posted September 20, 2013 – It’s our store. There does not seem to be anyone out there taking a real look at this city-block-long 92 room hotel with spa, and at least 3 restaurants and bars…

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VENICE CULTURE:
ENTITLEMENT FOR THE VENICE TREE HOUSE
Posted September 20, 2013 – LA City Code Enforcement has slammed the hammer down hard on the Venice owner of of a sweet kid’s tree house citing an endless string of ‘violations.’…
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Edition 8
3 Posts
ABBOT KINNEY BLVD.
YOU CAN BUY A MATTRESS ON ABBOT KINNEY!
Posted July 18, 2013 – What can we expect now that the owner of more than 50 years has sold 1349 Abbot Kinney?…

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ABBOT KINNEY BLVD:
TRANSISTIONS
Posted July 18, 2013 – More changes!…

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VENICE PARKING:
ANOTHER SCHEME TO OVERBUILD AND UNDER PARK
Posted July 18, 2013 – Someone tapped Arnold Schwarzenegger on the shoulder and reminded him that he owns 812 Main Street, the gateway to Abbot Kinney Boulevard…
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Edition 7
1 Posts
HOTEL DEVELOPMENT:
WORN LINENS, USED FURNITURE, AND RE-CYCLED OIL
Posted June 5, 2013 – Actions speak, words don’t. We wanted to love the hotel project. We had great hope for its success.
We thought the developer group would do this project with an authentic sensitivity and a determination to fit right into the scale of the neighborhood…

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Edition 6
1 Posts
HOTEL DEVELOPMENT:
IMPORTANT MEETING
Posted May 29, 2013 – There will be a meeting of the Venice Neighborhood Council LUPC Committee on June 5th at 6:45pm at the Oakwood Recreation Center….

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Edition 5
1 Posts
ABBOT KINNEY BLVD:
TRANSITIONS
Posted May 16, 2013 – Edition 5 focuses on the significant number of transitions on Abbot Kinney Blvd….

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Edition 4
2 Posts
VENICE CULTURE:
WHITE HOUSES, RED TILED ROOFS
Posted April 16, 2013 – Why do people live here? Why do they actually choose to buy in Venice?…

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VENICE PARKING:
VENICE PARKING UPDATE
Posted April 16, 2013 – ImagineVenice continues to emphasize the need to make some sense out of Venice’s parking chaos…

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Edition 3
5 Posts
ABBOT KINNEY BLVD:
THE GAME HAS CHANGED !
Posted Feb. 25, 2013 – The recent purchase of five properties on Abbot Kinney including 1103, 1118 & 1126, 1201, and 1205 by Blatteis & Schnur…

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ABBOT KINNEY BLVD:
AKB LIQUOR STORE CHANGES
Posted Feb. 25, 2013 – We would like to point out another great example of a neighborhood friendly building on Abbot Kinney….

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ABBOT KINNEY BLVD:
ALARM BELLS !
Posted Feb. 25, 2013 – Craig Weiss, owner of Local 1205 has filed an application again to sell beer and wine at his market / restaurant.

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HOTEL DEVELOPMENT:
PROPOSED HOTEL
Posted Feb. 25, 2013
We met recently with Dan Abrams in his offices on Abbot Kinney Boulevard about his plans to develop a boutique hotel on the Street.

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VENICE PARKING:
VENICE PARKING UPDATE
Posted Feb. 25, 2013 – Congratulations to Mark Ryavec and his Venice Stakeholders Association, which has worked tirelessly for years to make some order out of the parking chaos in Venice.

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Edition 2
3 Posts
IMAGINEVENICE.ORG:
WELCOME BACK TO IMAGINEVENICE
Posted Jan. 17, 2013 – Our primary reason for establishing ImagineVenice was to create an awareness that the unique…

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ABBOT KINNEY BLVD:
ABBOT KINNEY BLVD
Posted Jan. 17, 2013 – The images below are the three newest additions to the roster of stores and restaurants…

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VENICE PARKING:
VENICE PARKING
Posted Jan. 17, 2013 – Our parking problems in Venice do not go away. For those who live in Venice, it is a constance source of aggravation and…

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Edition 1
3 Posts
IMAGINEVENICE.ORG:
WELCOME TO IMAGINEVENICE
Posted Dec. 12, 2013 – There is no other community in Los Angeles like ours. We treasure past and lively present. And now…

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ABBOT KINNEY BLVD:
WE ARE PRO-DEVELOPMENT
Posted Dec. 12, 2013 – We understand that nothing stays the same. We are interested in promoting any new projects with the…

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ABBOT KINNEY BLVD.
DEVELOPMENT IS INEVITABLE
Posted Dec. 12, 2013 – Only positive local and vocal input on future developments will save our uniqueness. Development is…

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