Narrow Streets Los Angeles

FICTIONAL Westwood Blvd & Pico Blvd, West Los Angeles
© David Yoon

 

Photographer David Yoon narrows existing streets of Los Angeles to see the effects on the city

 

Could the entire mood of a neighborhood depend on something as simple as street width? That was the question David Yoon, a writer, designer, photographer, and self-confessed urban planning geek living in Los Angeles, asked himself after returning from a trip to Paris. He started documenting existing streets of Los Angeles and narrowing them to see the effects that his manipulations had on the city. His fictional depictions of the streets, while they are not literal proposals, provide the perfect platform to discuss if another city is possible, one that puts human scale in the foreground.

 

ACTUAL Sunset Blvd & Clark St, West Hollywood
© David Yoon

FICTIONAL Sunset Blvd & Clark St, West Hollywood
© David Yoon

ACTUAL Ocean Ave & Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica
© David Yoon

FICTIONAL Ocean Ave & Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica
© David Yoon

ACTUAL Sunset Blvd, Echo Park (II)
© David Yoon

FICTIONAL Sunset Blvd, Echo Park (II)
© David Yoon

ACTUAL 1st St, Little Tokyo
© David Yoon

FICTIONAL 1st St, Little Tokyo
© David Yoon

ACTUAL Burbank Blvd & Van Nuys Blvd
© David Yoon

FICTIONAL Burbank Blvd & Van Nuys Blvd
© David Yoon

 

David Yoon is a writer, designer, photographer, and self-confessed urban planning geek living in Los Angeles, where he work as an art director at an ad agency by day and otherwise spend my time writing fiction and screenplays. He grew up in Orange County and has lived in Berkeley, Yokohama, and Boston before winding up back here in Southern California.
www.davidyoon.comnarrowstreetsla.blogspot.com | @narrowstreetsLA



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3 Responses to “Narrow Streets Los Angeles”

  1. Peter says:

    Intriguing how the billboards and signs look way too large in the “revised” photos. The signs must be sized for motorists speeding by. Also, I would be curious to see a series of revised street scenes. Just what is the optimum size? For example, I suspect Little Tokyo would look okay with two lanes. Would it?

    Thanks for the clever work.

  2. Warren says:

    I am amazed by how much more inviting the streets look to pedestrians.

  3. John says:

    Hi – Wonderful images.

    I wonder if you could do a study to see if typical “narrow” streets support more jobs, economic activity, and property value (by comparing existing skinny streets versus fat streets). How many jobs and businesses is a city throwing away by making their streets so wide?

    The work in making Times Square in NYC more pedestrian friendly produced jobs and economic activity. If city officials can grasp the amount of jobs that are being wasted to support wide streets, they may look at at least alleviating the problem.

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