Louie’s of Mar Vista – Venice Blvd. Road Diet Casualty

Louie’s of Mar Vista – Venice Blvd. Road Diet Casualty


>>My name is John Atkinson, I was the owner of Louie’s of Mar Vista in Mar Vista. We’ve recently had to close down, largely
due to the road diets on Venice. It really jacked up this neighborhood in a
terrible way. The road diet affected our business
negatively almost like from the start. For over four years we were doing well,
getting better and better every month we were like doing about a $120,000, was a was a pretty small month. Road diet hits and we just dropped to $80,000. Our sales were cut down by a third, very quickly. And we were never able to recover. We were devastated by this road diet. We went out of business about what four or five months later. It killed my business. We were never given any notice from the city or Mike Bonin’s office. I had no idea it was
gonna put us out of business, but nobody gave us any warning nobody asked for our input, and you know investing a million dollars of saved money into this
business and taking a loan out on my mother’s home to open this business. I expected something from my from my representation, like “Hey, this is gonna
happen what do you think?” But all we got was nothing. Nobody wants to come back here after work, because now it takes you twenty five minutes to get through this
little stretch of Mar Vista, when you you’ve been cruising it for ten years, just part of your commute now it’s part of rage. Customers were coming in and
they were kind of blaming us for the road diet. Somebody got a ticket for like making a right-hand turn that was all of a sudden illegal. I suppose is natural for someone who was frustrated to blame a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Like, “Why is your neighborhood doing these stupid things?” And they were very frustrated and then all of a sudden you start to see people not coming here because they were frustrated by the by traveling around here. It was hard on a
bike, it’s strange on foot, it’s impossible in a car and they had just
had it. Mar Vista forget. If I could say anything to Councilman Mike Bonin, I’d just asked him “why didn’t he consult us?”. He always seemed like he cared about
us, but no one consulted us and whoever’s decision it was to do this road diet
they destroyed my business. They put me out of business, I laid off 25 people. So you know I’m emotionally devastated, I’m financially ruined and we trust
these people to look after our interests. We invest millions of hard saved dollars
in this community. We employ people in this community and without any concern
for us they randomly decide to destroy this section of town. And I can
point right at my council members and my political leaders in this town
and say “why?”. I’d gave everything to invest in growing Mar Vista everything of my life 15 years of savings and my mother’s retirement for
30 years as a pediatrics nurse and it is down the shitter, and I got nothing. If
anybody is going to make dramatic changes to transportation in a
metropolitan city you know, 2017 like it or not we live by our transportation
modes be them bicycle or automobile or train. But most people are in cars, you
cannot force overnight your idea of what a city should look like without
dramatically impacting the people who pay the small employees, the $15 an hour
employees that you try that you claim to love and respect are ruined because 25
of them got laid off on Sunday here.

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