In my previous two entries, I focused on the "funky" side of Lincoln Blvd in Venice. Lincoln Blvdis fun and funky, but as far as streets go, it's also pretty ugly.
In my opinion, it's one of the ugliest streets in Los Angeles. (If you think another street deserves this title, by all means, leave a comment and let me know!)
The street is flanked on both side by very tall electrical power lines. I don't know of any other major street in the city with such large, ugly structures.
Very few street trees, no parkways, and nothing in terms of a medium.
Imagine what Lincoln would look like with large street trees instead of power lines?
Traffic = ugly. This is traffic backed up from Washington Blvd.
The same intersection, looking north.
And "mini-malls." These started popping up all around the city in the 1980's, mostly taking over spots previously occupied by gas stations. They are, of course, several on Lincoln. They're obviously popular, and practical. But they're certainly maligned by a lot of people. My guess is because of an asphalt parking lot is the first thing you see, the chaotic feel of signage, and the bland and monotonous architecture. Topic for another blog entry. At least this one on Lincoln and Rose has a little landscaping up front.
More thoughts on the next blog entry: "Lincoln Blvd, Venice: Hungry?"
(originally posted 4/28/09)