Sunset Strip ‘Bulb-Outs’ Will Be on the Agenda of Three Upcoming City Meetings

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A formal curb bulb-out

Tomorrow will be the first of three public meetings at which the city’s Sunset Boulevard “bulb-out” test and its impact on traffic will be discussed.  The bulb-outs are part of the “Sunset Experience,” a six-month project introduced in November 2018 with painted bulb-outs from the sidewalks and the installation of the tall white poles and black planters around them. The city’s intention was to increase the walkability of Sunset Strip in this area.

The matter will be on the agenda of Wednesday’s Public Facilities Commission meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., south of Santa Monica.  Parking is free in the five-story structure behind the Chambers with a ticket validated in the lobby.

The meeting will be televised and also can be watched online live or later at

The agenda for the meeting can be obtained online.

On May 15, the bulb-outs will be on the agenda of the city’s Transportation Commission.  It will meet from 7 to 10 p.m. in the community conference room at City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. at Sweetzer. The agenda for that meeting is not yet available.

And on June 17 the matter will be on the agenda of the City Council, which will meet in the Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., south of Santa Monica.  That agenda has not yet been made public.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.  and can also be watched online live or later at

The West Hollywood Heights Neighborhood Association conducted an online survey to determine the response of residents to the bulb-outs.  The results were published in March and can be accessed online.

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More trendy busy work. City funds needlessly going to consultants. Streets with garden variety curbs and intersections have been drivable for a century throughout the US and Europe. However, meaningful traffic flow can be managed if there is a will and a dedicated person available on the City staff. There is little to see on Sunset unless one is a tourist who is then destined to stumble about amongst empty storefronts and construction projects.

Bring your packhorse, hiking boots and perhaps a mountain goat or two.


Sunset was perfectly walkable before these painted areas made right hand turns even more difficult, adding to congestion, especially on Holloway heading West. The reason nobody is walking Sunset is because there is little incentive to do so. It has nothing to do with pretty red corners.


Forget about “Walkability”. Just focus on Driveability. Sunset is like a parking lot during rush-hour. Yes, there are people who must drive to and from work or whatever. When Sunset does get just a little too jammed, said drivers cut through my neighborhood.