What a winter it's been, and what a spring it's shaping up to be. Awash in the political agita of primary season, one might begin to think there are no signs of light at the end of the tunnel.
And then, just beyond the melancholy of the last few winter storms, the attentive pedestrian will see Glendale Boulevard quickly starting to live up to all of its promise. Blink twice and you'd start to think we've got our own little Main Street America where the news isn't all gloom and doom.
We're headed over to the recently opened Link 'N Hops next to 55 Degrees for some beer and sausage this weekend. Maybe we'll see you there!
I was watching a TED talk recently in which Alex Steffen talks about reducing our ecological footprint, in large part, by embracing our current trend towards developing our cities inward. It may be a novel concept in the flyover states, but it’s obvious to people in big cities that the more... [more]
Anyone who has read read Malcolm Gladwell’s work in The New Yorker, or who has read any of his extremely thought provoking books, in particular, The Tipping Point, might recall the attention he paid to something called the “broken-window” hypothesis. As Gladwell succinctly summarizes:... [more]
A Little Government
I have a friend who's a city planner in the Bay Area, and whenever we get to talking about the state of affairs in California, he starts turning red thinking about the indignities he's been made to endure over the last few years while his department has been hacked and slashed to an... [more]
I was just reading through the bullet summary of Eric Garcetti's Envisioning Atwater Village's Future Summit, which took place in March and which I totally missed. He's doing these summits all over his district, and I think it's a terrific way to get members of the community to clarify their... [more]
This frustrating yet familiar sight on the frontage road along Glendale Blvd. (near the bail bonds storefront) is on my shortlist of topics to address with anyone who has some sway with the powers-that-be. I understand that Highway Patrol officers need a safe place off of the freeway to dole... [more]
A Modest Proposal
I can only point to anecdotal evidence thus far, but it must be a sign that the economy is slowly starting to recover that I'm now seeing so many new businesses cropping up all over LA, and certainly in Atwater Village. Sunday's open house at the Atwater Village Farm Market seemed like a fair... [more]
Paper or Plastic?
In honor of this weekend's Great Los Angeles River Cleanup, it seemed like a fitting time to finally launch Atwater Outspoken. Here, we hope, to start some interesting conversations about the march of progress in Atwater Village and LA's east side, and explore a wide range of topics related to... [more]