From the office of Councilman Paul Krekorian
This week, North Hollywood residents and Metro riders joined me to celebrate the opening of a brand new plaza in front of the historic Lankershim Depot.
The Depot's history tells the story of the San Fernando Valley's history. It dates back to the late 1800s and started out as a high-platform station for loading trains with goods and produce from Valley farms and packing plants.
It was later used as the North Hollywood Red Car pedestrian station until the Pacific Electric closed in 1952. My mother fondly remembers riding the Red Car to the depot and then walking down to the El Portal Theatre to see a double feature, a newsreel and a cartoon, all for just 11 cents.
We are honoring these memories, which are shared by so many San Fernando Valley residents, with this plaza. If you look at early 20th century photos, you'll see that the plaza today is a near recreation of the original depot grounds. We are doing everything we can to preserve our transportation history as we continue to build for the future. Metro has built an 8,500 square-foot natural oasis that both riders and local community members can now use as a gathering place, just steps away from the Orange and Red Line stations. People can meet here to enjoy the NoHo Arts District or to connect with other destinations served by Metro's extensive bus and rail network.
The plaza features a new pedestrian walkway, outdoor seats and overhead lighting. Its lush landscaping of olive trees and drought-tolerant succulent plants is topped off by Canary Island Date Palm trees.
As a Metro Board Director, I know how hard Metro has worked to make this and many other transportation improvements in North Hollywood.
We completed full restoration of the Lankershim Depot in October 2014.
I think you'll agree that this new plaza is a wonderful complement to the historic Lankershim Depot and a benefit to the community as a whole. Take the bus, train, bike or walk to the plaza when you have the chance.
As always, if you have questions or comments, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very truly yours,
LA City Councilmember, Second District
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