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By Abe Chang | Agent in Los Angeles, CA
  • Road diet on Motor Ave in Palms

    Posted Under: General Area in Palms, Quality of Life in Palms, Traffic & Public Transportation in Palms  |  November 3, 2013 3:17 PM  |  363 views  |  No comments

    It's been a while since Motor Ave received a diet and was reduced to one lane going north and one lane going south.  Motor Ave and the Palms neighborhood in general seem to be densifying a bit with new buildings reaching upwards of 5 to 6 stories.  Of course those building look like  high rises compared to all the 1 and 2 story buildings around the area.   

    But I am glad Motor Ave got the diet.  It brings up the quality of life for those living in the area.  Biking and walking improves the neighborhood.  And with an Expo station coming in the area soon, residents of Palms can potentially be car-light or car-free, depending on where one works. 

    Motor Ave is the only street I know of on the Westside that has taken away one full lane from cars.  The only other place I know of in the city that has done that is on 7th St in MacArthur Park. 

    It's exciting to see Palms transform into an area where there's a rail line, walkable and bikeable streets. 

    Let's keep the momentum going!
  • Living in Palms (near Motor and Venice)

    Posted Under: General Area in Palms, Quality of Life in Palms  |  November 27, 2012 12:11 PM  |  662 views  |  No comments

    The Westside has always been expensive.  And as most of the Westside is out of reach for many first-time home buyers and renters, Palms becomes the alternative to West LA, Santa Monica or Mar Vista.  However, Palms has changed since I lived there back in the day.

    Palms is a grittier area with its unkept strip malls all up and down Venice with mostly mom and pop businesses.  I'm all for mom and pop businesses thriving, but unfortunately, walking down Venice whether east or west of Motor is not exactly an enjoyable walk. 

    However, not wanting to be the left out of the party by its more affluent neighbors, Palms is having its own resurgence.

    The Expo line has a station planned near Exposition and National.  Also, a mixed use development is in the planning stages around the station. I'm sure more development will be on its way in the coming years too. 

    Motor itself has some great little places to go.  Harvey's Sandwich on Motor and Palms for cheesesteak, Versailles is right around the corner on Venice, Coffee Bean, Indian food, Chinese food and a few bars future north towards National.  Palm's Cycle, The Surplus Store and the US Post Office are all in walking distance if you live near Motor and Venice. 

    It's a great neighborhood that allows easy access to Westwood, Century City, Santa Monica, Culver City and Venice.

    WalkScore gives Palms a score of 68, but it depends on what part of the area you live.  So, for those who don't want to drive everytime they leave their home, Palms still provides you the option of walking to grab a cup of coffee, dinner or drinks. 

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