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Mailbag: Ideas for boulevard are needed now

May 13, 2010

La Crescenta needs to plan for the future of Foothill Boulevard and the time to do it is now!

The city of Glendale is formulating a community plan (“N. Glendale prepares list,” Jan. 11) for the foothills and Montrose, a portion of the plan affects the future of Foothill Boulevard. Do we as residents of this community want to see our main thoroughfare become “the best that it can be,” or are we willing to be satisfied with what a handful of people are saying we should accept?

The beautification of Foothill will depend not only on guidelines affecting style and size of new and remodeled structures, but also on the improvement of the boulevard as well. As of now, the community plan lacks a recommendation for a continuous, landscaped median along the Glendale portion of Foothill Boulevard.

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There are some businesses who are opposed to a median of any sort. We appreciate our businesses, but La Crescenta is mainly residential and we too deserve to have our voices heard. We want new businesses to come into our area and we will attract them if we provide an inviting atmosphere for them to invest their time and money.

A landscaped median can change the face of our “Living Room,” Foothill Boulevard, more than any one single improvement. A median can boast tastefully done directional signs to various places of business. A median can be decorated for the various seasons and holidays throughout the year. A landscaped, well-designed median, providing plenty of ingress/egress for all concerned, can not only enhance our community, but will increase the value of existing businesses and those that will follow.

Brand Boulevard is a prime example of thriving economic development; we need to act to develop Foothill to its greatest potential. It will be a win-win by attracting more and varied businesses, resulting in an increased tax base to benefit all of us! This is an investment for decades to come.

If we look at Foothill today, we see one large new car dealership, which has plenty of curb space for unloading car carriers. Trader Joe’s has limited space, but that company is looking to build in Montrose and the La Crescenta store may not be around much longer. We must plan for the future. We cannot be dinosaurs that are not looking at the big picture, changes are inevitable!

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