Raise a glass to classic Valley living—low slung, two story, lots of trees, predominantly Postwar, i.e., the vaunted, vilified suburban dream.
For example: the homes, top, other side of the alley, are from 1936 and 1940; along Cahuenga, hiding under the foliage, the houses are 1949, 1949 and 1946, and then at bottom right, is 10555 Bloomfield, built in 1941.
She’s a little hard to see from the street, what with all the trees and bougainvillea.
Still, with a little maneuvering of the Googlemobile, we can peek in:
The house was designed for engineer Floyd Martin Boes by architect A. Godfrey Bailey, who designed these and all of this.
You knew where this was going:
Of course, all of that air-cleaning flora will be torn out and dumpster’d too, especially since the fifty-seven-unit structure gets to reduce its open space considerably and build to the edges of the lot. But, somewhere in the subterranean garage the developer is adding room for bicycles! This project is green!
The social engineers insist it’s green because, despite the fact that with this density comes, say, overburdened resources, emissions from outflow stacks, the Urban Heat Island, cars sitting in traffic, and so forth (and no, those sixty-nine parking spaces filled with Tolucan EVs aren’t fooling anyone), rather, they’ll say it’s green because no-one deserves a single-family home. Trust me, I don’t follow the logic either, but then also I don’t get how they’ll put fifty-seven units on the site of a single family home.
I’ll give ’em this, though. If we estimate 100 people live in the new complex, that’s on average 3,500lbs of trash for the trash trucks to pick up each week. At least they won’t have any green bins to empty.
I swung by 10555 Bloomfield today, and peeped under those magnificent trees. It’s actually multi-family housing now, and quite an oasis just off busy Cahuenga. What a nice place to live, and a shame to lose.
Some photos and a video walk around are at https://www.instagram.com/p/B3gPylcBDns/
Two CEQA appeals filed by neighbors against what they view as corrupt “off-menu” upzoning of 10555 West Bloomfield Street. The appeals are posted here, and interested citizens can subscribe to get updates on the case and info on when to make public comment. https://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=20-1358
It was ugly today at the Planning and Land Use Management Committee, as citizens cried corruption and the newly elected “reform” Councilmember Nithya Raman was MIA, which allowed the developer claim to have her support–and the citizens to counter no, she supported them. The story is in our live tweets: https://twitter.com/esotouric/status/1352331219686588421