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What Would You Improve in Westwood, Century City in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Westwood and Century City, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Westwood and Century City to make the area an even better place to live?

What is on your wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

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Carol Spencer December 28, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I fell in love with Westwood on my first trip to LA in the 1960's, bought a home in ‘65, and knew the Village and Westwood Blvd as it once was. Loved to shop, eat and attend theater openings - but then in about the 80's disaster fell during the time that the Village drew cruising and a shooter. The bottom fell out - shops emptied - everything changed. Slowly Homeowner groups, the Westwood Community Council, and the Westwood Neighborhood Council are working to revitalize the Village. We achieved the BID to keep the Village clean and tidy - We are trying to get a new group of merchants with exciting products to fill those empty shops. I spoke with the Hammer Museum recently - they want to bring art galleries with frequent nighttime openings to enhance the wonderful restaurants that are filling the village. I would like to see a few more shops that are geared towards the neighborhood and not just the UCLA students and faculty. Your comments on my suggestions are welcomed.
Louis Schillace December 28, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I would like to see the landlords in Westwood Village ACTIVELY seek out popular businesses from accross the country that have not located in Los Angeles yet. Turn Westwood Village into the place people need to go to visit the ONLY Dean and Deluca in Los Angeles or the first Serendipity in Los Angeles. If played correctly Westwood Village could be a very unique and exciting place again that the neighborhood will be proud of.
Helene Wayne December 29, 2012 at 01:37 AM
While I commend BID for keeping the Village clean and tidy, I find it so depressing to walk Westwood Blvd and see nothing but For Rent signs...you mean no one wants to open in Village with UCLA and Holmby Westwood as neighbors..c'mon people...we need some really great restaurants, theaters, stores...
Cathy Drake December 29, 2012 at 07:38 AM
I am a long time Village resident and have enjoyed living and working in the Village for many years. I would frequent the area more for shopping but there just isn't anywhere to shop. From what I understand there are a few landowners that just keep raising the rents and driving the shop keepers away. There must be some way to entice new business to our neighborhood. And, if it is true that the landowners are rent gauging, isn't there something that can be done abut that as well. Plus, MORE parking please!!!! If you want us to frequent the neighborhood why can't there be more free parking or at least a lot with meters so that one can run into a store to pick up something without having to circle the block three times for a parking space!! The Village was once one of the best spots to visit/live on the west side.... It can be that once again!!
Louis Schillace January 04, 2013 at 08:26 PM
The landlords need to consider "Percentage Rent" deals and lower thier asking $ per square foot. Get a big company like H&M to open that would make a killing near UCLA. Others will follow. But offer them a lower rent to be there and stipulate for that every $1 million in sales that the store does the landlord gets a cut. They will certainly find more businesses willing to take a chance on the village if the risk is shared.

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