Venice bike lane disappears near big box consumoplex at San Vicente

Disappearing Venice Blvd. Bike Lane at San Vicente

Now you see it!

This image is a screen capture of a Google Street View image. It shows the road striping for a Class 2 bike lane on the westbound side of Venice Boulevard at San Vicente.

Disappearing Venice Blvd. Bike Lane at San Vicente

Now you don’t!

This image was taken on January 2, 2012 looking east at the intersection of Venice Boulevard and San Vicente. A large, stucco, big-box, development is in the final stages of construction on the left side of the frame. This portion of road has a Class 2 bike lane on the other side of the road – the Venice Boulevard bike lane starts (or used to start) at Crenshaw and continues west to the beach.

The Venice Boulevard bike lane is a part of the City of LA’s “Backbone Bikeway Network” – a hard-fought concession in the 2010 bike plan┬áto install bike facilities on major boulevards in Los Angeles.

The development has been dubbed “Mid-town Crossing”, and is outfitted with all the blank stucco walls, offensive car-first, people-last, architecture befitting a thoughtless late 20th century commercial dystopia of the sort we find ourselves unable to stop building. There have been attempts to give the developers special electric billboard rights that the rest of us don’t enjoy. This would make sense as the development itself has benefitted from an extension of credit that few of us enjoy: in 2010 the developers received a $19.3 million loan from the City of Los Angeles.

How much “investment” has the public put into this soon to be failed shopping center? According to Curbed LA’s post entitled “CIM Group Gets Its Mid City Money, But Reseda Wounds Surface” by Dakota Smith, published on May 28, 2010:

“Public investment covers 20 percent, a total of $33.95 million …”

The free market at work! One less bike lane, one more chain store occupying a parcel of prime real estate.

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