With all the talk about making Los Angeles “pedestrian friendly,” the basics sometimes get overlooked. Like clean sidewalks and safe places to cross the street. Echo Park will make a little headway in that direction when an illuminated crosswalk sign gets posted at Sunset Boulevard and Portia Street, about two blocks east of Echo Park Avenue. It’s the same intersection where in May 2003 environmental advocate Sue Nelson, who is credited with the creation of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, was hit by a car a few blocks from her home. She died from her injuries at age 76.
You don’t have to spend much time at this intersection to witness close calls between pedestrians, many of them dashing to catch a bus across the street, or motorists, racing to avoid the next stop light. It appears work has already begun on the illuminated signs. Albina Ferreyra-Allende from Councilman Eric Garcetti’s office said the Department of Transportation plans to compete the small project during the current fiscal year.
If they now could only do something about those dirty sidewalks.