For the past five years I have heard and seen much of the ‘changing face’ of Eagle Rock. More and more our town is described as a desirable place to be. Featured in New York Times, LA Times, Pasadena Star, local news stations, radio, online news sites like Huffington Post… Eagle Rock has certainly a wide spectrum of publicity. One cannot explain how or why Eagle Rock is what it is today without mention 1992′s Colorado Specific Plan, a document which was devised as an effort to revitalize the community while preserving some of its more quaint qualities.
Today, Colorado Boulevard is our lifeline for activities and community gatherings. However, as many residents may already know, in the days of Route 66, Eagle Rock’s main street became just a cut-through for travelers going elsewhere and much of the frontages on our Boulevard reflected this. Auto repairs, service stations, and generally auto oriented businesses thrived in the neighborhood. 1992 saw Eagle Rock’s progressive specific plan for Colorado, set on changing the neighborhood from a cut-through to a rather livable town. Provisions in the CSP that make this possible are
It’s no secret I like to walk around Eagle Rock, there are just so many little details to appreciate, so many hidden gems, and so much history, none of which can be captured to the same degree or even noticed when traveling by car or bike.
Which brings us to today’s look at the little known ‘Delrosa Walk’.
There’s a bit of an 80′s invasion in today’s installment of ‘Alleys Rock!’ but perhaps I have already said too much, too early, let’s zoom out…
View of the alley from Glacier Drive. The left corner is where a more popular alley is.
Today’s alley is nestled between Glacier Drive, Oak Grove Drive, and Ruth Avenue. It’s one of the shorter alleys, only spanning about 145 feet. Obscuring it, and likely making it more neglected than most alleys is not only the short length, but also its location: adjacent to a ‘Not a Through Street’ (better known as NATS!) part of Ruth Avenue and a curved section of Glacier Drive, and parallel to Yosemite Drive. This alley is even eclipsed by a neighboring alley which is far more visible!
I hope to add a part two, perhaps part three in this series of ‘How to improve Yosemite Drive’.
Just a Note: In my posts where I re-imagine streets explaining the current situation always sounds similar, LA has long favored private car transportation over any other kind of travel and to no surprise, the streets reflect this car love. What we are constantly faced with day in and day out are streets that more resemble race tracks and anyone daring to cross a street or just get close better be careful. I know it can take a lot to change habits and standards, but these kind of posts are fun ways to imagine “what if”. This isn’t quite escapism, I just want to show how there are several ways we can reconfigure our otherwise “one size fits all” way of making streets. Having said that…. enjoy!
I have recently been interested in obsessed with re-imagining our streets as a better place to walk and bike, but can you blame me? One would think that will so much packed into The Rock we wouldn’t have such a massive reliance on cars but we do! The furthest distance anyone needs to travel in our town, from end to end, is about 3.5 miles (this is the approximate distance from Delevan Elementary to Eagle Rock Park). This is the absolute longest distance any single one-way trip can be in Eagle Rock taking a direct route. Why are the majority of trips still made by car?