Update: I’m hearing these planters are going to be removed.
These planters appeared on the sidewalk in front of the Don Juan-strip on Park Avenue yesterday. They are a hilariously hot topic on Facebook right now, jokes about them being the Great Wall of Long Beach or when will stickers will start appearing on them. Somebody even photoshopped advertisements on them. Great stuff.
I’m worried about access. Is this even safe? Is there enough room on the street side for persons with disabilities or those with strollers? What will these planters will look like as time marches on? Are we going to see dead, unkept flowers in them? Are the bottoms of these boxes going to look gross and disgusting from dirt, grime, lard and gum? I know one thing, they will definitely be used as a garbage can because people around here have no idea how to dispose their trash.
Just look at the image below. The beige makes me want to throw up. That planter is going to look so gross in about a month or I will eat my hat. Look at that image, it’s already chipping!
I feel bad the wonderful businesses that occupy that strip. Sandbags were being used regularly to prevent flooding. Something definitely needed to be done. Obviously the last thing we want is more flooding. I’m assuming these planters will act as a water barrier. I know nothing about sewers, but I wonder if the flooding has to do with a greater issue that will hopefully one day be addressed.
On a slightly unrelated topic, that building has driven me nuts since the day it was built. Not only does it not fit with the character of Park Avenue, but I have a hard time telling the businesses apart due to the black canopies with same colored lettering. No creativity. I’m sure that’s on the landlords part, as our city has no sign code for uniformity like what the Town of North Hempstead does.
- May, 2009: Photos of the Aftermath (Fire at 118 to 134 E. Park Ave.)
- September 2009: A closer look of the new 118 to 134 E. Park Avenue stores
The fire in 2009 was tragic, but it was such a ripe opportunity for something special to be built there. Instead we got a strip mall-looking fucco building that floods. Yeah harsh, but that’s my opinion.
Back to the planters, how long until we see more of them appearing and obstructing our sidewalks?
Sec. 23-3. – Obstruction of streets.
It shall be unlawful for any person to obstruct any street, alley, sidewalk or public square, by allowing any wagon, cart, vehicle, merchandise, stand, garbage, debris, wood, sand, ashes, snow, ice, coal, coke, brick, stone or any encumbrance whatever to remain on such street, alley, sidewalk or public square for more than four (4) hours.
(Code 1957, § 6–212)
Cross reference— Responsibility for good order, § 14-287.
Sec. 23-4. – Encroachments.
It shall be unlawful to erect, build or maintain any wall, fence, building, courtyard or area, show window or showcase which projects over the building line or is upon any street or boardwalk within the city. In addition to prosecution for violation of this section, the building commissioner shall cause the removal of the encroachment if the owner of the premises fails to do so after ten (10) days’ written notice and the cost of such removal shall be a charge against the property, collectible in the same manner as taxes.
(Code 1957, § 6-214)