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People Really Hate Eagle Rock's 'Pillarhenge'
Eagle Rock residents have had enough of "Pillarhenge" —the tall, narrow columns that have stretched down Colorado Boulevard since 2008. In the midst of the recession, developers abandoned construction on the site, which was supposed to become a mixed-use project. Not only is the lot an aesthetic eyesore, they say, but a safety hazard, and affront to the dignity of Eagle Rock.
Neighbor Courtney Cook told KCAL, “Anything would be better than this. I mean, they don’t even have to rebuild. Just plant something...Stonehenge is a great thing. This isn’t." (It's certainly no Foamhenge either.)
According to Curbed LA, fed up Eagle Rock resident Tim Tritch created the Facebook page Friends of Pillarhenge Park in March 2015. The group's goal? Convince the property owners, who live in Northern California, to do something—anything, really—about the park. Part of the group's mission, according to the Facebook page, states: "Pride, accomplishment, hard work and integrity are things that define the residents of Eagle Rock. Pillarhenge symbolizes everything that we are not."
Last week, Eagle Rock resident Kevin Grace wrote on the page, "We have contacted the owners directly, expressing our concerns. We have voiced our concerns at [Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council] meetings and we have contacted the city many times to report homeless encampments and graffiti within the property."
The grassroots action appears to be working; at the group's urging, the property owners recently cleaned up the garbage that had accumulated on the lot, and scrubbed graffiti off the concrete. More meetings with city officials are in the works, too. KTLA reports.
While they acknowledge good steps have been taken, members of the group say they won't stop petitioning until Pillarhenge is completely gone.