Fortunately, for my tastes, we live in a city that aspires to the traditional model. However, Glendale falls far short of having sufficient parks and other fine public spaces to be considered a great city, yet.
The plan to convert the Los Angeles River into a river park affords Glendale an opportunity to take an important step toward the ideal we have sought. This project, discussed in a recent edition of the Glendale News-Press (“River walk takes a step closer,” Wednesday), is especially important because it would be located in an underserved part of Glendale. In my view, the $200,000 of city money being requested for the Riverwalk Project is a bargain we can’t afford to miss.
In response to “designer/builder” Bobby McGee’s anti-story pole, anti-privacy, pro-Design Review Board commentary in the Saturday Community Forum (“Seeking the right designs for Glendale,” Community Commentary): Story poles are not for designers, architects or the Design Review Board. The purpose of story poles is to educate the public (neighbors) of the width/height/roof line of a proposed project. Many times, the appearance of story poles will be the first sign to many neighbors that a building proposal exists, and then they can become involved if they desire.
Those against story poles do not want more of the public to become aware of the project and voice an opinion on the design. A talented architect/designer is not afraid of story poles.