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WTF Is Going On With the Sunset Junction Sign and That Strange New Concrete Corner Wall?

The corner in question, with the sign, without the wall (Photo by i_hate_my_screen_name via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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If you've been along Sunset Boulevard in the well-known area of Sunset Junction, you might have noticed a few strange changes at the intersection. In case you were wondering WTF is happening with the Sunset Junction sign, and why on earth there's a concrete block wall up on the corner, the Eastsider LA has provided some much-needed answers.

First, relax: The Sunset Junction sign will be back, it's just down for some cleaning, and it will "reappear in the same colors and style," per a painter who is part of the fix-up project.

Okay, but the wall? It juts out of the building at the corner of Sunset and Sanborn, and could be an extension of Café Stella, surmises the Eastsider, though it could also be part of the retail shop at the end of the building.

Its ultimate purpose is not only a mystery, but also a source of chagrin for locals. One Silver Laker tells the Eastisder the wall "cuts into the very nature of that corner," and kills the "pedestrian environment" while ruining the "transparency of the corner." Yeah. It's kinda ugly and in the way, right? What's the deal? (Eastsider LA has a current photo.)

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In any case, ch-ch-changes are a comin' to Sunset Junction when it comes to construction. A developer wants to level all existing buildings within a three-block strip on or near Sunset Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Bates Avenue, and up will go about 300 housing units, while down will go structures like the former Sunset Pacific Motel and the 4100 Bar.