Will hitching posts at Sunset & Alvarado make Echo Park more beautiful?

Dec 3, 2012

Sunset & Alvarado – without hitching posts

Hitching posts at Sunset and Alvarado.  Click here for more details. Rendering from Bureau of Street Services

The city has $1 million in federal money to spend on beautifying Sunset Boulevard through Echo Park.  Last week, residents got a peek at some of the initial plans and ideas about how that beautification grant might be spent. In addition to new benches, pocket parks and and decorative patterns stamped into the pavement, one of the ideas includes what looks like at first glance like a pair of chess pieces (see rendering above) installed at the four corners of Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street.  However, these are not super-sized knights ready to make a move on your queen or bishop. These are decorative bollards or posts meant to evoke Echo Park’s horse and buggy days.

A brief note on the rendering provides a hint at what the engineers are thinking:

Hitching posts/bollards mark the street corner and recall Victorian-era of horse & carriage.

Are engineers expecting equestrians to hitch their horses at the corner of Sunset and Alvarado while they savor a machaca burrito at Burrito King?  Anyway, other elements of the plan include adding solar-powered trash cans, street trees  and building a pocket park at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Park Avenue.

Engineers are scheduled to return to Echo Park  in January to make another presentation and get more responses from residents. Construction would not begin for another year.  The Eastsider will publish a date and meeting time when those details are confirmed.

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