Is there anything bigger happening in our community then the new University Village proposal as a part of the USC Specific Plan? This plan continues to move forward and NANDC continues to worry about the community voice being lost in the process. The small benefits package does not even include our entire community but tiny pieces of it. We CAN NOT let the community voice be muffled!
The USC Specific Plan will bring many much needed updates to our community but currently the draft plan which has been negotiated by the City Council calls for a number of benefits to END at VERMONT, thereby cutting our natural community nearly in half, creating further inequities to the face of our neighborhood. Speak up! Read more on this and use our sample letter to make your opinions known.
Sample Letter You Can Send to USC to Make Your Views Known
We are the USC community! Who are we? We live within
the boundaries of Western, the110 Freeway, 10 Freeway and MLK Blvd.
We believe the USC specific plans offers an opportunity to unite us as a neighborhood and neutralize the beautification disparity that already exists in the area West of Vermont. While we understand there is an old standing agreement for USC not to cross West of Vermont, this agreement was in relation to the expansion of the University and negative impacts to the community residence. This statute is not relevant to the positive occurrences and USC has often come West of Vermont for positive community programming and we welcome those positive impacts, like Kidwatch and DPS. On the University’s own website USC defines the University Park Campus Community as “the area bordered by Western Avenue to the west, the Santa Monica Freeway to the north, the Harbor Freeway to the east…"
We understand currently there are a number of benefits in the draft agreement that end with a Vermont boundary, and we do not see that as a natural end of our community. We ask for a small extension of these benefits to incorporate our neighbors who live West of Vermont to Western Ave, and North of Adams to the 10 freeways.
- STREET BEAUTIFICATION
- BIKE LANES AND PEDESTRIAN LIGHTING
- GRAFFITI ABATEMENT
- TRAM SERVICE
- SECURITY CAMERAS
- REVOLVING LOAN FUND
We also want to be sure that the park funds set aside are not solely guided by the Council office but from a community advisory board who can best guide the funds to bring the most benefit to our community.
As the community who will be supporting the new UV development with our buying power long after students have returned home for the summer, we want to continue flying our Trojan flags and take this positive step to become a closer more united neighborhood.