The beauty of this new tech age may indeed be the ability to crunch numbers, stats and trends and spit out a visual that gives an overview of a situation – like the terrible state of streets in Los Angeles – that we may understand both in more detail, as well as in the Big Picture.
The LA Times recently compiled a visual report using available street inspection data in 114 neighborhoods across the vast LA basin, and perhaps not surprising to any of us living in the area, the greater Hancock Park area rated an astounding “D-“, with more than half the streets rating an “F.” The LA Times Street Quality Map, where you can type in your street address and see what ‘grade’ your block earned, is pretty interesting, and a remarkable color patchwork of neighborhoods in decline.
The Times story reports heavy traffic, an aging network, the undulating terrain and a “street repair strategy that bypasses the worst streets in favor of preserving salvageable ones” as some of the many reasons it could take up to 50 years to fix what we’re already stuck with. The story focused on the HP as one area that really needs work:With its stately homes and manicured lawns, Hancock Park is one of the wealthiest areas in L.A. and considered one of the city’s historical gems. But that hasn’t helped get its mostly ancient concrete streets repaired: The neighborhood has an overall D-minus grade. Hancock Park residents Michael and Ruth Steinberger live on Rimpau Boulevard, which was graded F when last inspected. They have complained to the city that their street has a severe rut at the intersection with 3rd Street that has scraped the undercarriage of their Mercedes countless times.