Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House reopens for tours, CicLAvia heads to Hollywood and more

On Sunday, August 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood will close 11.6 miles of streets to car traffic for the latest edition of CicLAvia.”


CicLAvia – Meet the Hollywoods – Sunday, August 21, 2022; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.cicLAvia

The second CicLAvia event of 2022, called “Meet the Hollywoods,” will include portions of Santa Monica Boulevard, Highland Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard between San Vicente Boulevard to the west and Virgil Avenue to the east.

As is always the case with these events, only human powered vehicles allowed. That means electric scooters, skateboards, hoverboards, unicycles, motorcycles and other non-human powered vehicles are not allowed. However, class 1 e-bikes are allowed, class 2 e-bikes are allowed when the throttle is turned off and class 3 e-bikes are allowed when the pedal assist is turned off. Motorized wheelchairs are allowed.

Additional CicLAvia events planned for 2022 include: October 9 CicLAvia-Heart of LA and CicLAvia-South LA on December 4.

Learn more about the August 21 event here: https://www.ciclavia.org/local_gems_hollywood22


Image via Wikimedia Commons

CicLAvia visitors at the eastern end of the route pass a much-loved LA landmark that will soon be revived after a lengthy renovation (and a pandemic-induced closure). The Department of Cultural Affairs and City Councilor Mitch O’Farrell announced this week that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House will reopen to public tours on August 18 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“The Ministry of Cultural Affairs is delighted to reopen our city’s unique UNESCO World Heritage Site,” DCA Interim General Manager Daniel Tarica said in a statement. “Visitors will once again be able to personally appreciate this historic site, including extended access through our self-guided tour program. Due to the pandemic closure, staff has undertaken critical restoration projects and improved site interpretation – visitors will now see these significant transformations at Hollyhock House and Residence A.”

The reopening ceremony coincides with the Hollyhock House’s centenary. Built as Aline Barnsdall’s home, the house was Wright’s first Los Angeles building and now stands as the centerpiece of the Barnsdall Art Park. It is a National Historic Landmark and was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tours are available Thursday through Saturday between 11am and 4pm. Advanced ticket purchase at hollyhockhouse.org Is required.

This is what we read this week:


View of the viaduct and downtown skylineGary Leonard

6th Street Bridge: A Civilian Miracle Reflecting LA’s Promise And Its Simmering Troubles “In its short life, the 6th Street Viaduct has turned into so many competing things for so many people: a rising urban landmark or roadway to gentrification. Altar to the city’s automotive culture or TikTok playground to general chaos and lawlessness. Panoramic boardwalk for Boyle Heights abuelitos or a striking reminder of the lack of public space there and in so much of the city.Is it essentially an architectural and cultural marvel or a symbol of so much that is wrong with Los Angeles?Span of $588 million representing the Arts District connects to the historic Eastside and Whittier Boulevard has become a new totem for the city’s cracks in transit, policing, housing, equities, culture, and land use.

LA extends ban on homeless camps near schools during Rowdy City Hall (NBC 4) gathering

Vin Scully Bridged the Generations in LA ‘It’s Like Your Childhood… Is Really Over Now’ For nearly 60 years, Scully has captivated Angelenos with stories from Dodger Stadium and from the road, but his reach in their lives is less measured by the strength of that transmitted signal than by four generations mesmerized by the cadence of his voice and his improvised lyric.” (LA times)


View of the Broadway Trade Center looking southwest from 8th and BroadwayHunter Kerhart Architectural Photography

Why the Broadway Trade Center Isn’t Turning Into a ‘Tech Hub’ After All” The building is now on its way to foreclosure after the owner defaulted on a $221 million loan to retrofit it. This means we have the ‘ Emcee Studio” is unlikely to see “a proposed multi-purpose space, including a hotel, a rooftop pool for members, a restaurant and coworking offices in the near future. The space will be boarded up and sold at a bankruptcy auction.” (point LA)

Eyes on the Street: Culver City’s Renovated Culver Blvd Bikeway “The 800-foot-long renovated portion of the facility extends along the east side of Culver from Sepulveda Boulevard to Elenda Street. The northeast end connects to the Elenda Protected Bikeway that was completed in 2021. Located on a former Pacific Electric streetcar track, the trail continues southwest along Culver Boulevard for another mile and a half to McConnell Street in the LA City neighborhood of Del Rey.” (LA street blog)

Senator Announces Funding for North Hollywood Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Project (Pasadena Now)

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