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City Considering Permanently Closing Part of Yucca St. to Cars

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Updated 4:25 pm: Today the LA City Council's Transportation Committee will consider a motion to permanently *shut down through traffic on Yucca Street in Hollywood, between Las Palmas Ave. and Whitley Ave. The city temporarily closed the section off to traffic in 1995 "to discourage illegal activity, including the selling of narcotics," according to the motion. However, Streetsblog says that "The concrete bollards at the intersections of Yucca and Las Palmas, Cherokee, and Whitley Avenues [have] degraded creating a community eye sore and the temporary plastic ones are so beat up that in some cases drivers go right over them without even realizing that they are there." Simultaneously, the Department of Transportation wants to extend the sharrows on Yucca St., which already run from Vine to Cahuenga, all the way west to Highland Ave. According to the motion, "This would create a comfortable corridor for bicyclists who wish to avoid busy Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue." The motion requests that the LADOT "be instructed to report with recommendations and actions necessary to close Yucca Street to through vehicular traffic at Las Palmas, Cherokee and Whitley Avenues by installing traffic diverters or other fixed devices that prevent access to vehicular traffic, but allow bicycle and pedestrian movements."
· Garcetti, LaBonge Want Car Free Yucca Street [Streetsblog LA]
· Yucca Street Permanent Closure [LA City Clerk]