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Tropico Perspective: Looking for the Goldilocks solution

February 25, 2012|By Michael Teahan

The Adams Hill Homeowners Assn. was formed to fight rampant apartment development in South Glendale. The increase in population density and traffic congestion would have been devastating.

Adams Hill saw itself as the dumping ground for policies generated by a City Council that had no clue what was going on there, rarely visited the area and, with only one brief exception in at least the last half century, had no members that lived there.

There are things about a neighborhood you understand only by going to sleep there every night and waking the next morning to deal with traffic and parking. Councilman Ara Najarian seems to get that now. I no longer live in Adams Hill — I am now one of the “North of the 134” crowd — but I am convinced that district representation in some form is critical to Glendale's future.

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There are speed bumps throughout neighborhoods in my new neck of the woods, but it took a tragic accident in front of a park to get two of them — two speed bumps for the whole from Adams to Glendale Boulevard.

Every morning I watched car after car come in from Eagle Rock and make a dangerous left turn toward Cypress as a short cut, avoiding Chevy Chase to get into Los Angeles. Yet we couldn't convince anyone to take a serious look at traffic solutions in Adams Hill.

I understand that there are competing interests to insure representation of a variety of constituent groups in Glendale, but the fact that the most densely populated region of the city hasn't produced a council representative in recent memory is ample proof that there is a problem. As much as council members wish to proclaim an interest in what's happening south of the Ventura (134) Freeway — and I am convinced that they really believe they do — they can't really represent an area in which they do not live.

When the City Council first looked at the hillside ordinance changes five years ago, there was a perception that the issue was incompatible construction from an overheated housing market. When the economy tanked and positive changes were implemented in the planning department, the push for zoning changes advocated in the Hillside Ordinance went away.

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