LAUREL CANYON—Every once in a while something sparks you to take a look at the familiar through new lenses. That’s when I noticed that - yuk - Urban Creep inch by inch is encroaching on the scenic beauty which is the bedrock our hillside lifestyle. The Mulholland Scenic Parkway Specific Plan is designed to protect the degredation of the area:
I’m not talking about development or densification, I’m talking about something more basic. All of a sudden
The principle tenets of the Mulholland Scenic Parkway Specific Plan which should protect Mulholland from the Urban Creep include:
â—”¦To assure maximum preservation and enhancement of the parkway's
outstanding and unique scenic features and resources.
â—”¦To preserve and enhance land having exceptional recreational and/or
â—”¦To reduce the visual intrusion caused by excessive lighting.
The straw that broke the camel’s back was the appearance of NO PARKING signs almost every 20 feet between
These omnipresent signs popped up after the community was forced to band together to launch and privately fund www.NOLITTERZONE.COM. Why do we need this organization? Because wherever there is a sign permitting daytime parking, people come by and huck building waste, furniture, and trash at the foot of the sign. Get the city to remove the trash. Hah! We had to take matters into our own hands on our own dime.
If you’ve lived in the hills for a few years you remember the day when there were one or two overhead wires. Until 1950 all overhead wires were banned inside the Mulholland Scenic Corridor. Now utility poles groan under the weight of dozens of wires. They seem to multiple faster than rabbits. They certainly fall far short of the “preservation and enhancement of the parkways outstanding and unique scenic features.”
Drive further west on Mulholland into the fancy neighborhoods of
I think it started at the eastern end of Mulholland with the bus bench and shelter just north of the Mulholland/
City employees seem to be oblivious to the existence of the Mulholland Scenic Parkway Specific Plan. We need to demand that ALL changes to Mulholland be reviewed by community representatives.
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