2013 Wishful Predictions

Happy New Year, Everybody!

I had a long, and much needed holiday vacation.  A thing about me: when I go on vacation, I really go on vacation.  I disconnect completely and cease all productivity.  Hence, the long delay in my posting here.

But I’m back! And I’m rested! Re-energized! Onward.

Here are my wishful predictions for LA’s upcoming year.  I’ll jump for joy to see any of the following take place:

  • Plans to develop a cross-town trainline from Union Station along the entire distance of Sunset Boulevard.  Yes, I know the city is still working on the Subway to the Sea, and that’s great, but it runs along Wilshire, which is not within walking distance of my home.
  • Malibu Wine Country laws to change to allow tasting rooms to operate at the actual wineries.
  • Good Hangs, Cheap Drinks: Let’s please see a trend away from cocktail revival bars and their $12 drinks toward neighborhood dives and $6 drinks.
  • A revamp of the Macy’s plaza downtown.  Macy’s Plaza is bleak and depressing, but it sits on prime real estate in the heart of downtown.  With a revamp, it could be a great shopping and entertainment destination.  LA needs a better, more accessible shopping district that is in the actual city, rather than a pre-fab mall like The Grove or The Americana, or inaccessible, bougie Beverly Hills.  I mean, there’s a subway station directly across the street!! Where better to develop LA’s Rockefeller Plaza or the like?  Oooh! Turns out it’s already in the works! Score!
  • Better stores at Hollywood and Highland.  There’s a huge outdoor mall there on prime real estate, but the only decent stores are Zara, a tiny H&M, and a Sephora. BCBG and Bebe? Blech.  Let’s see a J Crew, Banana Repbulic, Urban Outfitters! Please! And how about a book store? Barnes and Noble, if nothing else?  I mean, there’s a subway station directly below! Where better for good shopping? C’mon.

Okay, get at it, LA!  Here’s to a prosperous, adventurous, less car-dependent, more metropolitan 2013!