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Transportation

Mechanical Car Lifts in Venice?

By Ilana Marosi FEB 17, 2015 Venice – the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) approved the addition of thirty (30) automated car lifts at the surface parking lot located at Windward Ave and Speedway, Venice Beach. The 30 automated/hydraulic car lifts will ONLY increase parking capacity from 38 to a MEASLY 68 spaces! “The most important...

All Aboard the Tram

By Marty Liboff When Abbot Kinney opened his Venice of America in 1905, he had a small steam train running around the canals. On the Venice Ocean Front there were wicker basket trams that were pushed from behind by people power. (A good idea for today?). By 1920 the trams were electric battery powered. They...

New Bollards, More Yellow Than the Old Bollards

By Greta Cobar It is unclear why Mike Bonin, our Councilperson, held a Town Hall meeting on October 29, 2013 to hear the public’s input concerning bollards, cameras and blocking off the streets leading to Ocean Front Walk (OFW). During the meeting the public was vehemently against all such so-called “safety measures.” Speaking as any...

Local Coastal Plan to Become Law of Land for Venice

By Greta Cobar The Venice coastal zone is about to lose the direct oversight of the California Coastal Commission, and be placed under the jurisdiction of the city of Los Angeles under a proposed Local Coastal Plan. It was one of Mike Bonin’s campaign promises when he ran for City Council, and is now one...

Manny’s Lowrider Bikes Keep Us Rolling

By Greta Cobar One thing about Venice is that everyone is rolling on something: be it a bike, skateboard, rollerblades, unicycle or tricycle. “I’m here to keep the wheels rolling in Venice.”, said Manny Gonzalez, of Manny’s Lowrider Bikes. “I keep things as cheap as possible so people can afford to fix their bikes”, he...

Parking, Traffic and Other Evils in Venice

By Jim Smith The recent fight over pay parking in Venice brought to the fore the problem of too many cars in Venice. Not only are there more than 21,000 vehicles in zip 90291, there are many thousands more parked here by beachgoers and Abbot Kinney Blvd. thrill seekers. Clearly, our beautiful coastal zone is...

Getting Around

By Delores Hanney Always flush with imaginative ideas and the cash to fund them, Abbot Kinney – the milieu-maker of Venice, California – liked to do things with a flair. One of the most winning notions he brought into being, for his Italian-inspired settlement by the sea, was a pair of miniature trains. They were...

Ray Bradbury and the Free Monorail System

Ray Bradbury may have had his head in the sky for The Martian Chronicles and other amaz- ing stories set on other worlds and dimensions, but he knew a good thing here on Earth when he saw it. In the early Sixties, the Alweg Monorail Company offered to build a 41.8-mile long trans- portation system...

Summer in Venice, in 2062

By Jim Smith Hello, and Welcome to Venice! If you’re visiting the City of Venice this summer, there are some things you should know. Venice is easily accessible by mass transit and bike lanes and paths. You should have no problem getting nearly to the beach before you have to put your feet on solid...
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