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It’s time to talk The BLVD.

It’s time to talk The BLVD.

I spend a lot of time on the BLVD these days. I co-host a weekend Ustream poscast on socialnomics 101  at the BLVD today Cafe, my wife and I own a (soon to be open) Vintage Clothing store on the BLVD, our extended family owns Caramel Pasties, and we just enjoy spending time on the BLVD. The two biggest complaints I hear day in and day out are that the traffic is terrible and parking is a nightmare. Well think about this from both sides of the coin; more people are visiting the BLVD, but the City still has some work to do.
Rather than just bitlog (bitch + Blog )about I have a 10 suggestions that may help ease some of the frustrations.

1. Post signs on all streets entering and exiting the BLVD that it is closed to through traffic.
– a. This way when people see the signs they will be compelled to react like they are in a parking lot and not a city street.

2. Add signs on and around the BLVD that point out all public parking lots.
– a. Every “downtown” epicenter has public parking signs all over the place so drivers know where to park.
– b. Including signs on side streets that designate “PUBLIC PARKING”
– c. Make them Big Large and In Charge not black on white public notice signs

3. Get all BLVD business owners to remove any “PRIVATE/CUSTOMER” parking signage.
– a. Some businesses in and around LPAC are very territorial about parking and it puts customers off.

4. Lock in a parking structure agreement and make it publicly known.
– a. Everyone may be more willing to deal with parking issues today knowing a better solution is just around the corner. (I have heard rumor that a structure is in the plans, but when?)
– b. Tell us in months not the year. People stopped counting in 2000 so if you say 2012 or 2013 that sounds like forever, just say “14-16 months”.

5. Market the BLVD as a single destination like a mall or open air promenade.
– a. Once the public understands that the downtown district is a park-and-walk destination the parking issues will be a non issue.
– b. Visually overlay the AV Mall on the BLVD and it’s easy to see that the overall walk is about the same from vehicle to store. (Especially during busy times)

6. Close the BLVD to vehicle traffic on the weekends.
– a. When it’s busiest for pedestrian and vehicle traffic it would prevent any incidents by only allowing pedestrian traffic.
– b. Then kiosk vendors, musical entertainment and the community can fill the streets  between businesses.
– c. Car show vehicles could also be the only traffic, especially on a Friday night.
– – a. Light up the BLVD, open up the stores, and let the classics cruise the BLVD.
– d. Add equestrian and green powered taxi’s for people who want to go from one end to the other.
– – a. Horse drawn carriages (open for Budweiser and closed for Wells Fargo)
– – b. All electric shuttle vehicle that goes up and down the BLVD stopping at a few places along each side.
– – c. Officer patrols on Electric scooters and horses during busy times.

7. Assign multiple foot patrol officers to the BLVD.
– a. The AV Mall does exceptionally well at controlling the flow of minors by always being alert to gathering crowds and mischief.
– b. Even if they are off duty officers having someone stop in a business to say “hi” especially during the later evening hours is VERY comforting for both the public and businesses.
– c. A foot patrol officer can flag down a speeding  motorist and at least issue a verbal warning.
– d. Increased presence by police decreases the presence of criminals and graffiti.

8. Increase the number of LED speed limit displays and/or add signage and video cameras that designate that all traffic is monitored by closed circuit T.V.
– a. Radar signs are expensive, but video camera signs are not. It’s been shown that the mere presence of a sign is enough to control traffic.(Speed Checked by Radar..)
– b. Cardboard cut outs or mannequins of people entering the street or police officers are known to effectively control traffic.

9. NO SPEED BUMPS. Under no circumstances should speed bumps be considered for controlling traffic on the BLVD.
– a. They are destructive to vehicles, make it harder to drive slower and will prevent most custom car/ classic cars from ever driving down the BLVD.

10. Add flashing yellow lights to every intersection so that all directions know to proceed with caution.
– a. Foot Patrol officers should be trained and authorized to asses possible road blocks and control traffic to clear them up. More than a few times I have seen the cross traffic freak out over the street and back up traffic all together. A traffic officer with a whistle and white gloves could have solved this kind of matter in 1/2 the time it took 5 people (all making independent decisions) to.

March 4, 2011 Posted by | clothing, horses, police, traffic, vintage | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thursday Night on the BLVD!

Cedar Center Open Mic Night
Cedar Center Open Mic Night

 

 

 

Cedar Open Mic! Thursday nights at the Cedar Center, starting at 7:30pm (more like 8om most weeks, haha) and going until we feel like going home! Available to ALL AGES without censorship. We encourage poets, musicians, actors, dancers, spoken word artists… anyone who wants to take the stage to do so!

 

Rocking Country Thursdays
$4 Sweet Tea Lemonade in Mason Jars! Join us every Thursday for a Rockin’ good time! Dance lessons with Marc Tang, DJ James, and all the country Folk here in the AV. Doors open at 7pm. $5 for 21+/$10

the BLVD – Something FUN for everyone!

the BLVD Truly is a destination for your senses! Unique shopping experience! One of a kind Events! Amazing Food

 

Connect with the BLVD’s SOCIAL MEDIA

BLVD EVENTS CALENDAR

 

March 4, 2011 Posted by | lancaster blvd club, Lancaster BLVD entertainment, lancaster blvd fun, Lancaster BLVD Live, lancaster blvd music | , , , , | Leave a comment

$37 for Wine Tasting, Gourmet Pizza for Two and One $60 Bottle of Meritage Wine ($120 value)…Buy ahead. Save big.

 

 


Wine enthusiast rejoice, and make a toast to today’s local living where we loosen our lips and share with you the secrets of this local gem. We invite you to enjoy a day in wine country with  a tasting for two, a delicious brick oven pizza to fill up your stomach and soak up those samples, and a $60 Bottle of Meritage Wine to take home from Leona Valley Winery, all for only $37 (Regular Value $120).

 

Share this great find with friends as this will surly help grow your popularity. Leona Valley Winery is the perfect little getaway from the everyday grind to celebrate any and all occasions. You can explore and enjoy the tastes of Leona Valley Winery’s popular wines, and if that’s not enough for you, you can commemorate your day out with a $60 bottle of wine to take home.

Leona Valley Winery
40352 90th Street West
Leona Valley, California 93551
Ph: 661-210-7635
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March 4, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley bargains, antelope valley coupons, antelope valley groupon, antelope valley wine tasting, leona valley winery | , , , , | Leave a comment

Great Food and Great Events at Pars in Palmdale!

Pars Fine Persian Cuisine 661-273-5600 http://antelopevalleybestrestaurant.com


Comedy Night

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Sunday, March 6 ·  7:00pm –  10:00pm

Location
Pars Restaurant

40008 10th Street West
Palmdale, CA

 

 


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Comedy @ Pars
Dinner & Comedy ShowHost

Chris Reese
Showtime At The Apollo
Comedy Time
Laugh Factory

Tymon Shipp – Headliner
Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Las Vegas Comedy Festival – Winner

Fresh faces

Donna Moore-sturgill
Toastmaster

James Payton
L.A. comedy club appearances

Featuring

Matt Lewis
Improv
Hyena’s
St. Louis House of Comedy
Comedy Store
Jon Lovitz Comedy Club

Please Call for Reservations 661.273.5600
No Cover fees, Minimum $15.00 Purchase Required Per Person.

 

 

 



Belly Dancing every Friday night 7:30 pm – 9:30

http://antelopevalleybestrestaurant.com Pars Restaurant serves authentic Persian food which include soups, salads, beef, lamb, fish, poultry, and a variety of stews including vegetarian dishes. Pars offers an $8 lunch menu Monday-Friday from 11 am to 3 pm. We also have a full bar and we are known to serve the best mojitos in town. Pars also offers entertainment on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Lastly, we offer affordable catering packages. Please call us at 661-273-5600 for any further questions. Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.

Monday – Friday

lunches only $8.00

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Monday and Tuesday

$12 all you can eat Buffet

Every Wednesday after 6pm

Karaoke

Live Persian Music

Friday Night

Belly Dancing

Saturday Night

Live Jazz Music

March 4, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley best restaurant, AV's Best Restaurant | , , , | 1 Comment

Kermit and Molly patients av AV’s Best Veterinary

This is Kermit and Molly two patients of ours that are a breed we rarley see here and QHVC. They are Tibetan Terriers! We thought you may want to learn a little more about their breed.
The hardy Tibetan Terrier is a breed built to withstand the extreme climate and difficult terrain of its home country Tibet. Medium-sized, yet powerfully built and very agile, they possess large, flat, round feet that produce a snowshoe effect and provide traction in heavy snow. The breed has a protective double coat, which can be any color or combination of colors, and a fall of hair that blocks the eyes and foreface from the elements.
They were bred and raised in monasteries by lamas almost 2,000 years ago. As the “Holy Dogs of Tibet,” the breed was treasured by the lamas, who kept them as companions, good luck charms, mascots and watchdogs. They were also used for some herding and to retrieve articles that fell down the mountains.
Right Breed for You?
Highly intelligent and somewhat mischievous, the Tibetan Terrier loves his family, and his sensitivity to the moods of his owners makes him an excellent companion (although he may be reserved around strangers). An independent and active breed, the Tibetan Terrier responds best to positive, patient training and regular exercise. His profuse, thick coat requires weekly maintenance.

Quartz Hill Veterinary Clinic

42237 50 St West

Quartz Hill, CA 93536

Telephone (661) 943-7896

 

 

March 4, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Veterinary, Lancaster Veterinary, Palmdale Veterinary, Quartz Hill Veterinary, Rosamond Veterinary | , , , , | Leave a comment