Which new benches and trashcans do you like?

The Public Facilities Commission will get a look at revised options for upgraded street benches and trashcans tonight at their 6:30 p.m. meeting.

The new street furniture will be implemented first on Melrose Avenue, but whichever styles of benches and trashcans are selected will ultimately be installed as part of broader streetscape upgrades planned for Almont Drive, La Peer Drive, Robertson Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard.

Below are the options being presented to the Commission tonight:

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Gregory W. Ellwood
Gregory W. Ellwood
3 days ago

Bench 3, Trash 2

Cy Husain
3 days ago

We are in the 21st Century with Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing where we can produce everyone’s custom design at mass production costs. We could make our own designs at home and test them via Finite Element Analysis, upload them on the comment section of the WEHOville and, if approved (some people find just about anything offensive, like my pictures) then it’s sent off for manufacturing. This could go well beyond benches and trash receptacles❗

WehoJoe
WehoJoe
4 days ago

Doesn’t the city employ a professional design commission for this sort of thing? Design by public comment is a formula for disaster. The choices seem very pedestrian( not in a good way). Back to the drawing board with design professionals please.

carleton cronin
4 days ago

Whichever trash containers are chosen – get lots of them. Could use one on my block – maybe two.

Joshua88
Joshua88
4 days ago

Metro bench. #4.
Flight deck receptacle. #2.

Cy Husain
4 days ago

Many of the designs are quite attractive but, the anti-Homeless attachments are counterproductive. Even the great Architect Zaha Hadid warned that urban designs hostile to the Poor and Homeless are only a single natural disaster away from coming back to haunt us ❗ Defensive Architecture only makes people and places very unwelcoming and aggravates already existing social problems. Many WeHo Homeless are LGBTQ displaced by hate motivated hostile environments and, need to relax for moment before better accommodations are found.

How much do we care?
How much do we care?
4 days ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

Actually one of the most astute comments you have offered via Zaha Hadid. One step further is the reality that West Hollywood, home to an impressive collection of Historic Landmarks, has been championing Defensive, unwelcoming architecture for years with its former Urban Designer John Chase. His “quonset hut army barracks style” building at Plummer Park is a great example. An uncharming addition to the neglected park and its frequent visitors representing a design void that seems to be self perpetuating.

Matti
Matti
4 days ago

I like the building at Plummer Park. The only unwelcoming part for me is that’s it’s been closed for the pandemic. Also I don’t think adding trash cans is going to make the city any cleaner. Most of what you see would likely be there with or without a trashcan in the vicinity. Tokyo, Japan has no public trash cans and is one of the cleanest cities in the world. We’re not homogenous like that, but it suggests lack of trash cans is not the issue.

08mellie
08mellie
4 days ago
Reply to  Matti

You should visit Melrose Avenue between La Cienega and SV. It’s disgusting. We need something. Or maybe ENFORCED littering laws? The issue is stupid people that cannot figure a way to discard their refuse without throwing their EARTH CAFE coffee cup on my lawn. Good for Tokyo.

Authenticity
Authenticity
4 days ago
Reply to  08mellie

People that degrade communities have little respect for others or self respect. If it’s not their house, apartment or property they will have there dog pee on the neighbors beautiful lawn. Few people recognize the meaning of “curb your dog”. It means let your dog pee and dedicate “at the curb” which received street cleaning/ maintenance. The city also provides receptacles which some not all use. It would be frightening to see the interiors of these peoples rat’s nests. The people of Tokyo and the Japanese culture get the point.

Joshua88
Joshua88
4 days ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

Yes.

gdaddy
gdaddy
5 days ago

Whatever is short enough or broken up by an arm rest to make it hard to sleep on.

JJ1
JJ1
5 days ago

Why are new options not being looked at for the entire city?
Our blue, globe light post that run along SMBlvd are horribly outdated and trashed (are are the benches and trash cans). Hoping that eventually the entire city’s street furniture and lighting will be replaced. We need something that won’t get dated quickly and benches need to be divided or the homeless will occupy them rendering them useless for their intended purpose of providing seating for those waiting for the bus.

David
David
5 days ago
Reply to  JJ1

The lampposts are decidedly Post Modern (popular about the time of founding) and should never be replaced. They should be upgraded with LED’s internally and properly maintained.

Matti
Matti
4 days ago
Reply to  David

Ya I think they’re here to stay. I’ve also warmed up to them. I noticed what looked like a new one installed recently.

JJ1
JJ1
3 days ago
Reply to  David

Get rid of them. We need a cohesive furniture scheme for the city.

Last edited 3 days ago by JJ1
08mellie
08mellie
4 days ago
Reply to  JJ1

Yes, those lamp posts are a horror. For a city council that have been self appointed arbiters of good taste, one would think those hideous lamp posts would have been long gone. Here’s an idea, if these are such precious post modern works of art, the city should auction them off or gather them up and create a LACMA light park using the posts.

David
David
4 days ago
Reply to  08mellie

It wasn’t the most popular or long lasting design eras but it’s a quirky part of the history of West Hollywood. Other notable Post Modern buildings here include Trader Joe’s (first WeHo City Hall), Ramada Inn, original façade of the 24 Hour Fitness building, 8981 Sunset and the facades across from Whole Foods on Santa Monica Boulevard, (look for the square, circle, triangle).

WehoJoe
WehoJoe
4 days ago
Reply to  08mellie

I like your LACMA art installation idea. They can install them in rows and paint them like a Pride flag. Anything to get them replaced. Lol

JJ1
JJ1
3 days ago
Reply to  WehoJoe

Yup.

Robin
Robin
5 days ago

Mountain Rang & Flight Deck. By far! The others are common & dull. Need some nice color to enhance the sidewalks

TomSmart
TomSmart
5 days ago

The first couple of benches seem fairly hip/modern but since they are steel I’d imagine people might get burned in the blazing sun, thus a potential liability. The flight deck trash cans are my choice but ONLY because they are hard to access. We now have at least TWO homeless people that travel Santa Monica Blvd several times daily picking through the trash and throwing half of the contents on the ground. We also have the guy who gets paint cans from someone and leaves his painted handprints all of light poles (NE corner of SMB/Crescent Hts), benches and just… Read more »

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Matti
Matti
5 days ago
Reply to  TomSmart

Lol LA has so many eccentric people. Anyone else see the bus stop smashed to shards on La Brea and Fountain this morning? I love the attention this community puts into its public space, but it won’t be very useful if people in the community or passing through the city destroy it. The number of mentally ill, sometimes aggressively anti-social individuals living on the streets needs our attention.

JJ1
JJ1
5 days ago
Reply to  TomSmart

I like the laser custom panels on the Flight Deck trash cans.

David
David
5 days ago
Reply to  TomSmart

Not homeless friendly.

Cy Husain
4 days ago
Reply to  David

Apart from keeping with the traditions of West Hollywood being MORE and NOT less Homeless friendly would better better idea. 💝 Being able to sleep in relative comfort and safety will make them more manageable. Natural disasters brought on by Anthropogenic Climate Change are likely to displace numerous middle class + people in the near future, so we had better have emergency options in place ❗

JJ1
JJ1
3 days ago
Reply to  David

Drug addicts, alcoholics and the mentally need treatment in a facility that will help me. The idea that a bench on the sidewalk is an option for them is ridiculous, and not compassionate.

Cy Husain
3 days ago
Reply to  JJ1

For clarification, NOT advocating homeless friendly Architecture and Design to replace or eliminate Social Services. I fully support and promote Single Payer Universal Healthcare to provide drug & alcohol treatment as opposed to criminalization of addiction and, full mental health services. Homelessness can be ended by the Finnish Housing First policy providing permanent Public Housing as a first step toward wellness and integration into society.

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