Intersection dedicated to Pink’s Square seeks approval

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

PINK-STRIPED crosswalks are being considered at Melrose and La Brea.                               Rendering by Mehmet Berker

An initiative to designate the intersection of Melrose and La Brea avenues as “Historic Pink’s Square” is working its way through an approval process with neighborhood groups.

Supporters of the designation are seeking to paint the intersection’s crosswalks pink.

The Mid City West Community Council (MCWCC) voted to support the designation of the intersection as “historic” at its Oct. 3 board meeting. Later, at the group’s Nov. 14 board meeting, members voted unanimously to support painting the four crosswalks pink.

Mehmet Berker, MCWCC board member, told the Chronicle that the board was very supportive of both ideas. “Overall, members were into the idea of creating a sense of identity for the intersection to go along with the designation as Pink’s Square, which we also support. It’s our eastern gateway, so for us, it seems like a great chance to create a distinct identity for the area and for Mid City West. And lastly, it’d be awesome,” he said.

MCWCC transportation committee co-chair Nick Solish added a practical reason to support the measure: “The crosswalks at that intersection are terrible and need to be redone anyway.”

The next step in the approval process is for the measures to be considered by the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC).

“Our plan is to present the matter for a vote at the next GWNC Transportation Committee on Dec. 18,” said committee chair Julie Stromberg. “The final vote on the matter would then be at the GWNC Board meeting on Jan. 10.”

Stromberg noted that the issue was briefly raised at a recent board meeting and some members “did not seem very enthusiastic” about the idea: “One board member raised the issue of whether the businesses around that corner were supportive of the idea.”

Alison Simard, communications director for councilmember Paul Koretz, told the Chronicle that Koretz supports the designation and that he is waiting for approval from both neighborhood councils to formalize a resolution to City Council.

Pink’s Hot Dogs has been in operation at the same location on La Brea Ave. since 1939. The business originally operated as a pushcart until 1946, when the Pink family built the building that still stands today. Founded by Paul and Betty Pink, the business is now run by the next generation of Pinks, siblings Richard and Beverly, and Richard’s wife Gloria.

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