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October 26, 1989
A project to renovate a 1 1/2-mile stretch of Vermont Avenue between the Griffith Park boundary and Los Feliz Boulevard is scheduled to begin Wednesday. The 2 1/2-month project will include reconstruction of the roadway pavement and base material, replacement of street lighting, installation of a new curb and gutter system, and replacement of broken sidewalks. The area slated for renovation provides one of the main access routes to Griffith Park's Greek Theater, Observatory and golf courses.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Maria Montenegro became one of the first Salvadoran restaurant owners in Los Angeles when she opened El Migueleno on Vermont Avenue in 1969, financed by a $5,000 loan sealed on a handshake. Back then it was a tiny kitchen in a neighborhood dominated by African Americans and Mexican immigrants. Customers would eye Montenegro's cheese-filled pupusas and ask why the restaurant served such thick tortillas. Today, El Migueleno has more than doubled in size and customers. In the past her family sold off their jewelry and cars to keep the restaurant afloat.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1994
A vacant lot and long-abandoned 1931 Moderne landmark building that once housed a grocery store and later the offices of Pepperdine University is soon to be restored as the focal point of a development at Vermont Avenue and 81st Street. The winner of a competition sponsored by First Interstate Bank to revive the once-lively commercial street in South-Central Los Angeles is an $11-million, mixed-use project with a distinctive 125-foot-high tower.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2011 | By Catherine Ho
The historic Van Griffith estate in Los Feliz is suited to the homeowner who values privacy but wants to be close to city life. Built in 1925 by the son of Griffith Park benefactor Griffith J. Griffith, the Mediterranean-style home is set back from Vermont Avenue by a double gate and a long elevated driveway that create a peaceful, enclosed space for residents. The property includes a main house and guesthouse, which are separated by a driveway. The main house is reached by a short walk up outdoor stairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1994
As the economy of Southern California slowly improves, places like Leimert Park and the surrounding Crenshaw neighborhood ought to see an upsurge in commercial activity as merchants eye the stucco bungalows and small apartment houses with lush gardens out front, full of exactly the consumers they crave. But history would indicate otherwise. These African-American areas' pleasant streets have far more vacant commercial space than, say, the similar Larchmont Village.
NEWS
July 3, 1994 | JAKE DOHERTY
"Metro Rail is coming" proclaims a new brochure distributed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to commercial property owners along the Vermont Avenue corridor--and it's bringing a new tax with it. It's obvious that Metro Rail is on the way. Businesses near the planned stations, such as the one at Vermont Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, are already feeling the pinch as potential customers steer clear of the congested, noisy construction areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1995 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than half a mile of tunnel walls constructed earlier this year along the Vermont Avenue subway line are thinner than originally designed, transit officials disclosed Friday, but a review team has concluded that the walls can still withstand a major earthquake. The undersized walls span nearly 12% of the twin tunnels that run north-south from Hollywood down to Koreatown, a figure that alarmed some critics of the $5.8-billion subway.
NEWS
May 2, 1992 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If there is a street that defines this week's destruction of Los Angeles, Vermont Avenue is it. If a thoroughfare could take on a life of its own, personifying a city's broken spirit, it would be Vermont Avenue. For 10 miles between Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood and Manchester Boulevard in South-Central Los Angeles, this stretch of asphalt was, by Friday, a holocaust of fire-gutted buildings and shattered glass. Block after devastated block, people's lives were ripped apart on Vermont.
NEWS
March 26, 1995 | STEPHEN GREGORY, Special to the Times
Vermont Avenue emerged from the 1992 riots a broken and dispirited street, a wasteland of gutted shops and shattered dreams. Many of the roughly 600 properties gutted or damaged during the riots were located along the artery, and among the hardest-hit pockets was a five-mile stretch in south Los Angeles between the Santa Monica (10) Freeway and Manchester Avenue. About 50 structures were torched there, and property losses topped $40 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2000 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawrence Koonce, like a lot of his neighbors near Vermont and Manchester avenues in South Los Angeles, stands up for his part of L.A. But sometimes what he hears really hurts--as when relatives in New Jersey recently told him they wouldn't come for a family reunion. "They tell me, 'Go down there? You're going to be carjacked,' " the 33-year resident of the Vermont Knolls area recalled. "There's pride in my voice when I tell people, 'This is a good area to live.'
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2009 | Jessica Gelt
"People don't usually turn down free pizza," says Sara Dillan, the sprightly bartender in cutoff jeans shorts at a new Los Feliz bar called 1739 Public House. The pizza Dillan speaks of is thin-crusted, moistened with tangy tomato sauce and sprinkled liberally enough with gooey cheese. An individual pie is served on good-sized dinner plates free to anyone ordering alcohol between 3 and 7 p.m. weekdays. Needless to say, the pizza ploy seems to have worked.
NEWS
August 24, 2008
Hot Property: The Hot Property column in Saturday's Home section referred to actor Kiefer Sutherland's loft property, which has been listed for sale, as being located west of Vermont Avenue. The property, in Silver Lake, is east of Vermont.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2007 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
A team of history-minded teenagers set out Saturday to change common perceptions of South Vermont Avenue, once a key economic artery for South Los Angeles. The 20 students from area high schools led a walking tour of the wide boulevard, singling out landmarks and telling stories about local history. Their goal was to highlight the economic history of their neighborhood, long buffeted by social changes, a declining job base and the 1992 riots that left some storefronts in ruins.
MAGAZINE
April 21, 2002 | PETER H. KING
Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow --T.S. Eliot, "The Hollow Men" On a bright and beautiful Los Angeles morning, with the skies blown clear and early hints of spring in the air, I started south down Vermont Avenue on a walk across the midsection of the city. Mine would be the dawdling pace of a tourist. I'd put in only a mile or two each day, gradually working my way from the now hip Los Feliz district to the heart of South L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2000 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawrence Koonce, like a lot of his neighbors near Vermont and Manchester avenues in South Los Angeles, stands up for his part of L.A. But sometimes what he hears really hurts--as when relatives in New Jersey recently told him they wouldn't come for a family reunion. "They tell me, 'Go down there? You're going to be carjacked,' " the 33-year resident of the Vermont Knolls area recalled. "There's pride in my voice when I tell people, 'This is a good area to live.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1998
Vermont Avenue from Santa Monica Boulevard to Burns Avenue will be closed to weekend traffic for street resurfacing and will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. Pedestrians will have access to all homes and businesses during that time, MTA spokesman Gary Wosk said. The MTA will also repave about 100 feet of Willowbrook Avenue, east and west of Vermont Avenue, and a section of Lockwood Avenue east of Vermont Avenue.
NEWS
June 25, 1995 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Inspectors have discovered that a new stretch of tunnel wall was built thinner than designed on a second major segment of Los Angeles' $5.8-billion subway system, fueling concerns about the strength of the tunnel. In a sharply worded memo earlier this month, a private construction inspector questioned why subway work was allowed to progress along Vermont Avenue without determining the cause of the thin concrete in a section of tunnel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1998
Vermont Avenue from Santa Monica Boulevard to Burns Avenue will be closed to weekend traffic for street resurfacing and will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. Pedestrians will have access to all homes and businesses during that time, MTA spokesman Gary Wosk said. The MTA will also repave about 100 feet of Willowbrook Avenue, east and west of Vermont Avenue, and a section of Lockwood Avenue east of Vermont Avenue.
NEWS
February 23, 1997 | JOSEPH HANANIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Helen Johnson, 66, thinks South-Central has gotten a bum rap. And she's out to do something about it. So, she's growing gardens. She's putting in lights, so neighbors can safely sit in the gardens on hot, summer nights. She's gotten a stretch of Vermont Avenue repaved. She's gotten the neighborhood free of graffiti.
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