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More low-rise action in the (sort of) Westside.  Just one block east of the soon to be reactivated Helms Bakery, plans are in the works for six houses via the city's small lot subdivision ordinance.  The Venice Boulevard Urban Dwellings, designed by the Los Angeles based Modative, would rise three stories at 8732 Venice Boulevard.  Floor plans range from 1,500 to 1,800 square feet.  The homes would front directly onto Venice Boulevard, putting their front doors just a short walk away from the increasingly busy Expo Line.  While Modative explicitly states that project was designed to emphasize pedestrian activity, they haven't forgotten about the automobile.  Each house provides two parking spaces, with vehicular access through an alley off of Sherbourne Drive.  Plans for the Venice Boulevard Urban Dwellings were originally submitted for review in 2007, but the proposal sat dormant amidst the recession.  It looks like things are now back on track, as the project is once again wending its way through City Planning.  With construction already underway on a pair of mixed-users next to Culver City Station, perhaps we're seeing the beginnings of something special in the Mid-City neighborhood.

 

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City Looks to Update Land Use and Transportation Along Rail-to-River Corridor

A freight railway that cuts through South L.A. is set for rebirth as an active transportion corridor.
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In 2012, Metro began exploring the possibility of transforming a segment of a former freight rail right-of-way that cuts through the heart of South Los Angeles into an active transportation project.  The project, now known as the Rail-to-River corridor, would convert the Harbor Subdivision - which runs east-to-west along Florence and Slauson Avenues - for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

To capitalize on this investment, the Cit