What Do You Think about Closing Ventura Place?

Answer the poll below.

It is not in any specific proposal yet, but it is being tossed around as an idea to alleviate problems at Studio City’s most treacherous crossroads—closing off Ventura Place.

Ventura Place is that diagonal strip of roadway that is closed off on Sundays for the  

“The idea would be to make it like the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica,” said Land Use Committee chairperson Lisa Sarkin, who had her own fender bender recently in the intersection.

Some of the merchants along the street were already protesting road closures when the alley behind Ventura Place was being repaired by the

The obvious issue would be more cars forced through the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Ventura Boulevard—already the worst intersection in Studio City.

Signals were recently re-timed and changed in the intersection at Radford, Ventura and Ventura Place where four roads intersect in diagonals and there is also an entrance to the and parking.

There are also problems with the more than 5,000 people coming and going to the lot every day, and there is also more back-up one block away when parents are dropping off and picking up their children at

Again, this is NOT something that is in the works, or something that any one group is proposing—it is just a consideration.

What do you think? Please answer in the poll, and COMMENT below . . .

Jeff March 21, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Mike, thank you for bringing this idea to our attention. It is obvious that whomever came up with this proposal has way too much time on their hands, is not interested in improving our city is spending taxpayer money on unnecessary studies , wants more traffic congestion and does not care about any businesses that have storefronts on Ventura Place. To compare Ventura Place to The 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica is absurd. One is a development that runs the length of Radford to Whitsett and the LA River to Maxwellton along with several Parking Structures one block away in both directions for the entire length . The other street runs 1 block with a gas station , parking lot, office building with businesses on the South side and an eclectic group of businesses on the North Side. If you want to improve Studio City you can start by making sure the schools are well funded , there are not so many vacant businesses with real estate signs on them, you nurture mom and pop businesses , get a competing drug store to CVS instead of them having two stores a half a block from each other and clean up that stretch from Colfax to Vineland does not look like Oxnard between Sepulveda and Hazeltine and redevelop that area so there are sidewalks
bill myers March 21, 2012 at 04:59 PM
The addition of the traffic light for the lot where there is a Trader Joe's has created a bottleneck that causes Ventura to back up past Colfax in the evenings. Ventura Place is an alternate route to Laurel Cyn that is necessary. That three way intersection at Ventura Place/Ventura Blvd/Radford plus the Trader Joe's light is probably the worst intersection in the E. Valley - worse than Vineland/Lankershim/Camarillo/Verdugo and Tujunga/Riverside/Camarillo.
Heidi Birker March 21, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Where would I park that it wouldn't be a burden to carry the two 20 lb. bags of kibble that I buy at the pet store every month? The businesses would certainly suffer. Burbank tried this a few decades ago and it turned into a nightmare. They ended up opening it back up.
Jeff March 21, 2012 at 05:48 PM
If this idea was proposed by The Studio City Residents Association or another entity representing Studio City perhaps we should reconsider having that or those individuals representing the residents best interests. If the City of LA was smart they would figure out a way to tax renters so that a portion of their rent went to help support the parks , the maintenance , the libraries and schools so the burden was not just on those fortunate to own homes and businesses. Maybe we should be spending our time on things that are broken rather than pipe dreams of a perfect Utopia. If I wanted a Utopia we would have a movie theater , book stores not chains, music stores, toy stores, ice cream parlor like we did in Studio City up until the late 1980's.
Howard Drew March 29, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Less cars the better


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