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New Studio City Median Better for Pedestrians, Restaurants

(Zach Behrens/LAist)
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There's a tiny restaurant row between Laurel Canyon and Carpenter in Studio City. From Laurel Tavern to Arb Pizza and Vegan Plate to LaLa's Argentine Grill, among many others, there is plenty to choose from. But there's nothing like dining on the sidewalk next to a busy seven lane artery (that includes parking lanes)--nothing like it because it's not a very satisfying experience.

But come next month a median currently under construction from Radford to Carpenter should come to life, slowing down traffic and creating more of a community atmosphere. It's the third such median from the Studio City Business Improvement District, who has put two medians between Laurel Canyon and Whitsett.

"This is a prime example of how you add to the whole village atmosphere," explained Lorena Parker, Executive Director of the BID.

Not only will it beautify the area, but business owners had safety concerns--drivers were going too fast, especially when Ventura curves at Radford. "To me it's a quality of life kind of thing as well," added Parker.

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