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Installation of Welcome to Glendale Signs Planned

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 Foothill entry sign

By Mary O’KEEFE

A new entry sign to North Glendale is due to be installed on Foothill Boulevard near Pennsylvania and Lowell avenues. The sign was designed by Dave Gallagher.

According to the City of Glendale website, the City partnered with the Friends of North Glendale to create welcome signs on Foothill Boulevard. The signs would be placed at the City of Glendale entry points of Lowell and Pennsylvania.

Phil Lanzafame, director of the Community Development Department for the City of Glendale, said that the idea for the signs came from the public.

“I think the idea came from interested members of the community,” he said, adding that there is no reference to welcome signs in the North Glendale Community Plan. The North Glendale Community Plan is the official guide to development within the Glendale neighborhoods and commercial districts of the La Crescenta and Montrose and the plan does outline ideas for streetscape, landscape and intersection improvements for Foothill Boulevard.

“[The signs] are in the spirit of that direction from the North Glendale Plan,” Lanzafame said.

The final design was chosen in May by a community panel and will be manufactured and installed this summer.

CVW welcomes readers’ comments on the signs designating the far north area of Glendale within the Crescenta Valley. Email comments to mary@cvweekly.com.

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1 Response for “Installation of Welcome to Glendale Signs Planned”

  1. I have thought about this a lot and looked into how other cities handle their signs and markers. The thing is that a sign of this size in a small community becomes a land mark and defines the area . It is a bigger issue then the fact that this area is Glendale it is about the communities identity. Most of the Examples that I have found of a large Welcome signs Welcomes you to the area. The area in question is defined by Glendale as Crescenta Highlands and that is what the welcome marker should say. it could have the city seal or say “Crescenta Highlands in Glendale” but Crescenta Highlands needs to be the main idea of the sign anything less and our area losses it identity. We would never ask Venice beach or Hollywood, Brentwood, Korea town to forgo their name in order to create unity with Los Angeles and we should not be asked to either. Glendale has a lot of unique and beautiful areas and they all have names. Crescenta Highland has a lot to offer the community from it parks, hiking trails, businesses along Foothill to the beautiful neighborhoods and when people come to our community they should know what part of Glendale they are in. Some people have said it is hateful or that we risk loosing funding if we don’t embrace the improvements Glendale wants to provide. Wanting our own identity is not hate. I am an American from California that lives in the Crescenta Highlands part of Glendale and I can be proud of all those things. when you define something it has to be appropriate to the situation. Defining the small area of Crescenta Highland as Glendale and only Glendale is not appropriate. Taking away our identity to try and make us something bigger is not unifying. If Glendale wants to unify this area they should appreciate the unique treasures we have to offer Glendale and support those thing. I would love for Glendale to beautify Foothill Blvd but not at the cost of our areas identity. I know a lot of you would like it to say La Crescenta or Crescenta Valley but I truly believe this is the best compromise and most accurate solution for everyone involved.

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