Follow the Green Paved Alleys


 In Hollywood’s 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her three pals walk along a yellow brick road on their way to the Emerald City to visit the mysterious wizard in her quest to get back home.  Similarly, the City of Los Angeles has embarked on a journey to transform our City streets and alleys from their current state of unsightly, urban heat islands to green passage ways that not only serve as a means for transportation but also as a path to preserving our environment and natural resources. In North Hollywood, residents will soon have their own emerald alleyways on which to drive and walk. And, while they won’t be Technicolor green, more importantly, they will be green in practice.

On January 10, 2011 Councilman Tom LaBonge and City of Los Angeles officials from the Departments of Public Works and Water and Power will break ground on the North Hollywood Alley Retrofit Project, a new and sustainable green alley project located in the No Ho community of Los Angeles that will improve four contiguous alleyway segments by installing permeable pavers to capture storm water runoff and infiltrate it into underground aquifers for recharging purposes.

Using funds from both the Departments of Public Works and Water and Power, the $800,000 North Hollywood Alley Retrofit Project will reduce local flooding, recharge the San Fernando Groundwater Basin by approximately 40 acre-feet per year, improve water quality in the Los Angeles River and aesthetically enhance the surrounding neighborhoods. The project will improve a total of 1,075 feet of alleys and will install catch basins, which will divert polluted urban runoff from the adjacent streets into the alley where it will then permeate into the ground.

This project is a component of the City’s larger Green Streets Program, a new and growing program within Los Angeles that works to develop and implement new and sustainable solutions for managing storm water. It’s a pioneering way of dealing with rainwater, one of our region’s most precious resources, and one that will help to transform Los Angeles into a true present-day emerald city.

 Please join Councilman Tom LaBonge and City of Los Angeles officials at the North Hollywood Alley Retrofit Ground Breaking Ceremony at 11 a.m. on January 10, 2011, at the corner of Califa Avenue and Vineland Avenue.


Comments (1)

  1. Vivi Heger
    November 15th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Residents would like to install stormwater capture systems that include permeable pavers or porous concrete but cannot do so. Permits for permeable pavers cost $2,000, according to the Department of Public Works. No meaningful rebates or grants are available to residents who want to install porous concrete or regular concrete with swales. Please share your recommendations.

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