Happy New Year, Everybody!
I had a long, and much needed holiday vacation. A thing about me: when I go on vacation, I really go on vacation. I disconnect completely and cease all productivity. Hence, the long delay in my posting here.
But I’m back! And I’m rested! Re-energized! Onward.
Here are my wishful predictions for LA’s upcoming year. I’ll jump for joy to see any of the following take place:
- Plans to develop a cross-town trainline from Union Station along the entire distance of Sunset Boulevard. Yes, I know the city is still working on the Subway to the Sea, and that’s great, but it runs along Wilshire, which is not within walking distance of my home.
- Malibu Wine Country laws to change to allow tasting rooms to operate at the actual wineries.
- Good Hangs, Cheap Drinks: Let’s please see a trend away from cocktail revival bars and their $12 drinks toward neighborhood dives and $6 drinks.
- A revamp of the Macy’s plaza downtown. Macy’s Plaza is bleak and depressing, but it sits on prime real estate in the heart of downtown. With a revamp, it could be a great shopping and entertainment destination. LA needs a better, more accessible shopping district that is in the actual city, rather than a pre-fab mall like The Grove or The Americana, or inaccessible, bougie Beverly Hills. I mean, there’s a subway station directly across the street!! Where better to develop LA’s Rockefeller Plaza or the like? Oooh! Turns out it’s already in the works! Score!
- Better stores at Hollywood and Highland. There’s a huge outdoor mall there on prime real estate, but the only decent stores are Zara, a tiny H&M, and a Sephora. BCBG and Bebe? Blech. Let’s see a J Crew, Banana Repbulic, Urban Outfitters! Please! And how about a book store? Barnes and Noble, if nothing else? I mean, there’s a subway station directly below! Where better for good shopping? C’mon.
Okay, get at it, LA! Here’s to a prosperous, adventurous, less car-dependent, more metropolitan 2013!