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.