Monday, July 18, 2016

Temporary Signs Raise Pedestrian Safety Awareness

The City just launched a temporary wayfinding & informational signage program directing residents and visitors to many of Glendale's landmarks and destinations. 

The signs are intended to stimulate walking and exploration within the City and to encourage the public to take an active role in making Glendale a safer and more pleasant place walk. They point to some of the City's most popular locations including the Alex Theater, Montrose Shopping Park, the Glendale Galleria and the Americana, local parks & libraries and feature interesting facts and statistics about walking.

Look for these signs throughout the City and post your selfies along with your thoughts on making Glendale more pedestrian safe. Use #GlendaleWalks to help raise awareness about this important issue.

About Glendale Walks
In 2014, the City of Glendale received $2.7 million in bicycle and pedestrian safety grants to fund educational projects around the city. As part of this funding, the City is developing a Pedestrian Plan which will present an analysis of current walking conditions and offer recommendations that will guide the development of future pedestrian infrastructure. Please visit to learn more.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Artificial Turf Guidelines for Glendale

The wait is over if you’ve ever wanted to put artificial turf in your front yard, but there are a few things you should know before you do. As of June 3, 2016, artificial turf may be used in the single family zones ROS, R1R and R1. Here are a few important guidelines you should know before you install artificial turf:
  1. Artificial turf counts toward the total lot area requirement for landscaping, but does not count toward the live plant material requirement.
  2. Artificial turf is not allowed beneath the drip line of tree canopies.
  3. A minimum 3-foot wide live plant material landscape border is required at the street front and street side property line.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Try Transit

The Glendale Beeline and Go Glendale rolled out the "purple carpet" for tenants from two downtown office buildings to share about the great transit services available in Glendale.

Close to 100 employees from the Unum and corporate offices took a ride on the Beeline down to the Glendale Transportation Center (GTC). They learned the different methods of paying fare, how to request a stop, proper bus etiquette, and how to load bikes on the bus. Many explored the possibility of taking the Beeline Bus to some of Glendale's downtown destinations, such as the Americana at Brand, for a quick lunch or shopping break. 

Attendees also discovered how quick and easy it is to get to and from the conveniently located Metrolink train station. They learned how to take the train to work, and about the added perks of taking the train including free rides on Metro and Beeline buses. Go Glendale, a non-profit organization that works with area employers and property managers to reduce traffic congestion in the City, shared about upcoming programs.

If you are interested in having your corporate team participate in a "Try Transit" experience, please contact Karen Khukoyan at (818) 937-8333.

New Historic District: Niodrara Drive

This spring, Glendale City Council voted unanimously to approve designation for the Niodrara Drive Historic District. It joins six existing historic districts throughout the city, each of which tells a unique tale of Glendale’s history and development. 

In addition to containing a high concentration of intact and varied historic architecture, this Verdugo Woodlands neighborhood is notable for the beautiful landscape and hardscape features that contribute strongly to its visual character. These include an exceptionally lush array of native coast live oak and California sycamore trees, as well as a rusticated stone creek bed, foot bridges, retaining walls, and other planned features dating to the 1920s.

The district’s thirty-two homes are located on or adjacent to Niodrara Drive, bounded roughly by Wabasso Way and Colina Drive. One of these is the Rodriguez House (Glendale Register No. 24), designed in 1942 by famed Modernist architect R.M. Schindler. The other homes in the district are designed in a range of architectural styles, including Foursquare, Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, and Ranch.