Marlton Square? What the (excuse my French) HELL is up with that?
The other day I was driving down Santa Rosalia admiring Chuck Quarles building (Bedford Park) when all of a sudden I reached Marlton and Santa Rosalia. I have driven past this site a million times, but on this beautiful day in our community, this site was EXTRA UGLY.
Then it hit me--In no other community would this site be allowed to exist in its current state. Where is the fencing? Where is the green fence to hide the demolition? Why after 5 years are the buildings still there? I know the City of Los Angeles is in dire straits and I know that Capital Vision Equities was the developer responsible for this catastrophe but to leave it in this state of disarray is totally unacceptable. If there were a developer over on the West Side with a jacked up site, would the city allow it to remain an unsafe, eye sore for the world to see? Or would they fix it themselves and then bill the developer? I would think the later, because the neighbors would not accept it any other way.
Well, the truth is we should not accept it either! We have been forced to live with this safety hazard for too long. We have been forced to settle for not having the resources, that other communities take for granted and we are forced to do without.
These comments are not directed at any one person. It is a collective cry to the City, the County, the State and the Federal Government. All of the elected official from this community and all the other communities are included. It is OUR turn. We have invested millions if not billions of dollars in revitalizing Figueroa, Hollywood and Highland, The Wilshire Corridor, Studio City and all of The Valley. Well, now it is our turn. We need to get this mess cleaned up now.
No matter what the mistakes of Capital Vision are or have been, this community did not select him as the developer and we should not be forced to live with the results of his lies. We need to get some action on that site. We need the site to start creating jobs and tax revenues for this community. We need quality senior housing which we have been promised for years, but all we have is a big pink peace of ugly art work, that if I were the artist, would have entitled "half finish building"...... "No Vacancies in the INN."
We need to light a fire under someone. We need to let people know that we are not willing to accept this any longer. We want our development and we want it now. So, lets get off the dime or dollar and let's get this thing done NOW!
This is my opinion, but I promise you, stay tuned. We will be following up real SOON!
So, whether you agree or disagree, now more than ever I really need your input. I need to hear from you. I need to know what is going on in our community. I also need to know what other stories we need to tell, and what is on your mind. I really do want to hear from you, I want you to "Talk to Danny."
God Bless You,
Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.
President & Executive Editor