New Hollywood Boulevard crosswalk proposed in Los Feliz

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A new crosswalk may be on the way to a busy stretch of Hollywood Boulevard as it bends through Los Feliz.

Proposed for the intersection of Hollywood and Rodney Drive, the crosswalk was requested by business owners around the site, according to Tony Arranaga, spokesperson for Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.

That’s a surprising turn of events, given that just two years ago, the East Hollywood Business Improvement District actually proposed removing the crosswalks around Vermont Triangle—just a block to the west.

Since then, much-hyped eateries Go Get Em Tiger and McConnell’s Ice Cream have joined popular breakfast taco spot HomeState on the south side of the intersection. Arranaga says the goal of the crossing would be to provide safe access for pedestrians crossing to and from the opposite side of Hollywood Boulevard, which houses a familiar Goodwill and the venerable La Luz de Jesus art gallery.

In 2016, the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council requested five new crosswalks in the area, including one at Hollywood and Rodney, where the council wrote it was “becoming common to see people running across the street at unmarked crossings.”

The council also requested that the crosswalk be supplemented with a HAWK beacon, which would alert motorists during pedestrian crossings.

It’s not clear whether that’s still on the table, but a meeting to discuss the potential change will be held at 6 p.m. today—though we’re told space will be limited.

Arranaga says O’Farrell “supports improving pedestrian safety” in the area and is now seeking funds to make that happen.

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