Robin Rowe on Making Beverly Hills a Postcard City

Paris Postcard City Plan
Paris Postcard City Plan

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (robinsrowe.com) 2020/1/29 – What is a Postcard City? In this concept of urban planning, residents live and work in their neighborhood. Everything needed to enjoy life is no more than 15 minutes away, without an automobile. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is making Paris a Postcard City.

I live in a Postcard Neighborhood now, in the Beverly Hills Triangle. Beverly Hills can do more to improve the Postcard experience. Such as the Purple Line Rodeo Drive subway station opening in 2025. As a candidate for Beverly Hills City Council, I propose we do much more to be a Postcard City.

In Chicago, I lived in the Postcard Neighborhood of Oak Street Beach. Although I owned many sports cars at the time, I put them in storage and had no car while living in this neighborhood. A car was an inconvenience, not worth the trouble of fighting traffic and finding parking. Everything I needed was within walking distance. And if I wanted to go to the airport, I would take The “L”. Much more convenient and cheaper than driving and parking at the airport.

Beverly Hills can be more of a Postcard City. We can build good public transportation within our city, go beyond having a subway stop. We can build a skyway within Beverly Hills, suspend gondolas above the city to take residents and tourists where they need to go. See our beautiful city.

Beijing Skyway Gondolas

A skyway is planned for Paris. Portland already has their Aerial Tram. I’ve traveled on the Beijing Great Wall skyway. Quiet, quick, a great way to see the area, and itself a tourist attraction.

Residential housing. Beverly Hills could have built 300 units a year of affordable housing every year for the last ten years. That didn’t happen. Apparently due insufficient urban planning by the Beverly Hills City Council and obstacles created by the Beverly Hills City Planning Commission.

The state is planning to close the “Beverly Hills Loophole.” SB50 will require that Beverly Hills catch up, build 3,100 residential units all at once.

Beverly Hills politicians, accustomed to getting exceptions, to getting their new housing allocation reduced from 300 per year to just three units, are having trouble comprehending what 3,100 units looks like.

Lake Point Tower

This is Lake Point Tower in Chicago, the most elegant residential housing tower in the world. Seventy stories tall, it has 867 luxury units, averaging 2,000 square feet each. Of course, for our Beverly Hills residential towers we want more affordable units.

Creating smaller, affordable floor plans will increase our residential tower unit count to 1,550 per building. That can house 6,000-plus people who now commute to Beverly Hills. To be able not only to work here, but to also live here. To be a better Postcard City.

In order to meet our 3,100 unit goal for Beverly Hills, we will need to build two such 1,550-unit residential towers. Rapidly. Sooner than the state’s 2029 deadline. Because there is no available affordable housing now in Beverly Hills.

Anyone proposing something less ambitious has a fundamental failure to comprehend what 3,100 units looks like, or they do know, and hope to game the system to get another exemption.

I’m Robin Rowe, a candidate running for Beverly City Council. I don’t accept contributions from developers or from anyone. I don’t do paid political advertising. I don’t plaster everybody’s yards with “free” yard signs paid for by special interests. I’m #1 on the ballot in the March 3rd, 2020, election. See you there.