L.A. CITY HALL: Ddowntown (City West) Los Angeles, blocked sidewalk, 6-foot-tall metal cage?: Editorial, "We Need Answers on The Eyesore Cage" ....
***Downtown Los Angeles (City West), blocked sidewalk, 6-foot-tall metal cage?
* Downtown News (editorial): "We Need Answers on The Eyesore Cage" - From the DTN:
DTLA - Sidewalks are the epitome of public space in big cities. So it is not surprising that these pedestrian conduits receive a lot of attention in Los Angeles. People across the region complain about the homeless encampments that spring up on sidewalks.
In 2015, the city agreed to spend $1.3 billion over 30 years to repair miles of crumbling sidewalks; it was a settlement of a lawsuit filed by attorneys for disabled individuals. Yet for some reason, the treatment of two blocks of sidewalk in City West drew little attention, even if what was happening there was some of the most egregious and disrespectful treatment of public space we have ever seen.
Why was half the width of the sidewalk on Beaudry Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets blocked by a six-foot-tall metal cage for many months, and possibly more than a year? Where were the watchdogs and city staff who are responsible for maintaining public space? Where was the office of City Councilman Gil Cedillo, whose First District includes the territory, and who should have been aware of and active on the situation?
Right now there are more questions than answers, and that shouldn’t be the case. We need to know why the cage was allowed and who gave it a green light. The findings need to be made public so that something similar does not happen again either here or elsewhere.
We can’t fathom why anyone would think a two-block long metal cage is appropriate for public property. Something went really wrong here. City officials need to uncover and reveal what happened, and if necessary, punish those who are fault.