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Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood Rebrands Itself As "Green Corridor"

Posted Dec. 18, 2013, 10:09 am

Mirror Staff

Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood, long known as the industrial corridor or perceived by local residents as the neglected corridor, is re-branding itself as the “Green Corridor.”

With the recent endorsement of the Pico Neighborhood Association (PNA), the proposed Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) is now ready to move into the next phase – conceptual design and approval by the Santa Monica City Council.

The PNA is a major stakeholder in the MANGo project which will include amenities for bicyclists, small landscaped traffic circles, enhanced crosswalks, soft pedestrian lighting, public art, mini-parks and green-walls – all of which are design features that have been shown to discourage people from speeding.

In a survey recently conducted by the PNA, it was found that the majority of local residents interviewed favored features emphasizing safety, beautification and the greening of Michigan Avenue.

Of all the possible choices contemplated by the City over the past two years as part of a CALTRANS planning and conceptual design grant ($154,000), there were only two features that were roundly rejected by the locals: (1) cycle tracks with substantial loss of parking, and (2) traffic diverters - one at 11th and Michigan blocking all westbound traffic onto Michigan Ave., and a second – a barricade at Lincoln Ct. and Michigan which would block all traffic flow at that intersection.

More than 95 percent of residents in the area vetoed the diverter and the barricade stating that these features would box them in and create more traffic problems than they would solve.

The City has now assured the PNA that cycle tracks, traffic diverters and barricades are off the table for the MANGo project.

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Dec. 19, 2013, 10:14:40 am

Barbara Filet said...

This story is based on a press release from the Pico Neighborhood Association, and is a one-sided story. The press release does not include the fact that I circulated the same survey and got opposite results: that Pico residents were indeed willing to inconvenience themselves to gain a quiet, safe, park-like street which can take Pico neighborhood families safely to the beach, Tongva Park, the downtown and also to Bergamot. The PNA does not do right by the children of the Pico neighborhood, who are the most obese in the city, to deny them a safe route, just because some people do not want to find another way to the freeway. Stay tuned for the whole story.

Dec. 19, 2013, 6:10:29 pm

Cynthia Rose said...

This article seems to have fallen short on a few key facts. The successful PopUP MANGo event attended by over 400 people collected OPEN and TRANSPARENT input (73 percent from residents along Michigan Ave) that supported traffic diversion by 55 percent as an option. 
Additionally as Barbara stated when she polled people with the same survey used by ad-hoc committee within PNA her results concluded over 80 percent of residents polled supported traffic diversion to help mitigate traffic on Michigan Ave. 
My conclusion - ANY information gathered by a partisan sub-group should not be weighted the same as that from an open and transparent city process like the PopUP MANGo event. Traffic diversion could potentially re-route folks in cars just a few blocks off their usual routes but could modify Michigan Ave from being used as it is today - a neighborhood street that is used as a high volume vehicle cut through by mostly non-residents to the 10 Frwy and as a SAMOHI pickup/drop-off zone (4,200+ vehicles a day between 11th and Lincoln Blvd). Additionally future generations of parents need a safe, less traffic-congested street to allow their kids to actively transport themselves by walking, skating, running or biking to school and elsewhere.. These traffic mitigations could correct the inequity suffered today by the overwhelmingly high traffic burdens that currently exists on Michigan Ave. and help implement a GREAT neighborhood and community benefit of a healthier, calmer more people friendly street that serves not only the neighborhood but also promotes low stress connections for people walking, biking, skating etc to and from east / west destinations — including connections for "Safe Routes to School" to many schools on or near Michigan Ave. 
 MANGo Summary INFO-GRAPHIC 
http://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/PCD/Plans/Streetscapes/Michigan-Ave-Greenway/PopUpMANGo_Summary_Sheet.pdf 
A survey conducted by any partisan group, however well intentioned should not supersede the professional non-partisan results collected at PopUP MANGo and the "direct" input given to the city from the community. City contact Jason Kligier, AICP at 310-458-8341 or jason.kligier@smgov.net

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