Esther Schrader's article on the current controversy regarding the proposed mid-block, two-story mini-mall in downtown Eagle Rock sorely missed the point.
The Los Angeles City Council, in an action initiated by Eagle Rock City Councilman Richard Alatorre, placed a moratorium on highway-oriented mini-mall development along Colorado Boulevard.
The purpose of the moratorium is to give the city's Planning Department time to determine whether Colorado should be oriented to cars or to people. Generally, the two are mutually exclusive. Mini-malls with parking along the edge of the sidewalk are highway-oriented developments that cater to cars whizzing down the street. Mini-malls with their storefronts on the sidewalk are pedestrian-oriented, catering instead to people strolling down the street.
The issue is not whether Mr. Boiadjian is free to build on his own land. The entire controversy is whether his design could be "flipped" to include sidewalk retail and rear parking, and thus not need an exemption from the moratorium on highway orientation.