Beach bike path needs some TLC

A sand drift obstructs the bike path on Venice Beach Photo by Nick Antonicello

A sand drift obstructs the bike path on Venice Beach. Photo by Nick Antonicello

The bike path that connects Venice to Santa Monica along the beach has become an embarrassing mess due to lack of maintenance and upkeep. Immediate action is required.
Despite relentless contact with city and county officials, the situation has become worse, with the deterioration of the grassy knolls that separate the pedestrian walk from the bike path as the culprit.
I have attached some photos to demonstrate the severity of the problem. Bicyclists have to stop peddling and walk their bicycles through the mounds of sand that have created a potentially dangerous situation as we enter the high-traffic summer months.
I have never witnessed a government do so little to protect its brand among tourists and residents nor such a lackadaisical attitude by public officials to address an issue so remedial but vital. This detached and condescending treatment of residents has become tiring, as if pointing out obvious deficiencies is somehow the problem — not the lack of action and accountability by those elected to represent the citizens of Venice Beach in a responsible manner.
It is unacceptable to have a city and county government that fail to coordinate the maintenance that this bike path requires as a primary tourist attraction at the beach — to say nothing of getting people out of their cars and riding bikes, which relieves traffic congestion that stresses Venice Beach every weekend.
I have corresponded for months with those responsible for the path.
Instead of concentrating on things that most residents find ridiculous — ice skating rinks, zip lines and Ferris wheels — when will public officials get back to basics and address the core issues, given the importance of Venice Beach to the economic well-being of Los Angeles? How many visitors will return if they’re drowning in sand and can’t find a clean restroom?
Nick Antonicello
Venice

Less than impressed with new Venice homes
Re: “Designing Up: Venice as Architectural Laboratory,” feature, April 24
Regarding your recent article gushing about “unique” and “eclectic” homes in Venice, I would like to give my input as a longtime, fourth-generation Venice resident.
These houses — or ugly white sheet metal and concrete boxes, as I prefer to call them — are visually polluting Venice. They have no soul and look as though they were slapped together with the cheapest material and slightest attention to design possible.
I hate them; they are a scourge on our neighborhoods.
I encourage you to report on builders who produce these monstrosities for what they are: no-talent carpetbaggers arriving in Venice to make big bucks and do the minimum to contribute to neighborhood attractiveness.
Miriam Jannol
Venice

Quality of life a losing battle in the marina
Old, young, rich, poor: Marina del Rey is being destroyed for everyone in all ways.
Fresh air to breathe is gone with all the planned and added residential and commercial projects.
Boating is being threatened for all the reasons continuously being stated by the boating community.
Water views are being turned into something called “view corridors.” Try driving and attempting to look down one of these so-called view corridors to see if you might actually be near a marina yet.  Oops, did I just drive into the back of the car in front of me?
Walking instead of driving:  gone, not only due to congestion of cars and having to breathe bad air, but also the present loss of decent restaurants, including ones where “seniors” and some not-so-senior can actually hear each other and have a conversation; loss of movie theaters where patrons are not disturbed by people dining during the movie, which adds unreasonably to the ticket price; and the upcoming loss of the post office in Marina del Rey.
Serious walking for exercise requires not only good air and pleasant views, but the ability to continuously walk uninhibited by poor walking surfaces such as bricks, cobblestone look-alikes, baby carriages, bicycles, skateboards and last — but definitely not least — off-leash dogs or too long leash lengths causing walkers to fear strange dogs and come into physical contact with them.
Old, young, rich, poor:  We all keep going to L. A. County meetings, writing letters to The Argonaut and who knows what else.  But we are losing.  So sad.
Roslyn E. Walker
Marina del Rey

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