You’re too big, NBC. Around here, size matters.
A couple of local politicians have gotten their feelings hurt because NBC didn’t ask for their expert opinions when they announced plans to build their new West Coast digs at the Universal City Red Line Station. The Studio City Chamber of Commerce board also withdrew support. “Oh, wait.. you meant THERE?”
Tom LaBonge and Zev Yaroslavsky think it will be too big and make people actually want to live and work in the Valley. As a result, there would be more people, more traffic, and more development. Before you know it, there will be cries for a Ventura Boulevard subway, and a Red Line extension to Burbank. People will want safer neighborhoods and cleaner, more walkable streets. The demands of local citizenry will forever alter the quaint blah-ness that is the 818. Oh, the madness!
Universal City has a lot to gain from the new NBC studios. Jobs. Money. Cred. Traffic will be an issue, which I why I’ve been asking why there isn’t any discussion of a Red Line extension down Ventura.
Another question that needs to be asked… what’s the deal with our local government? Why do I feel like the future of our entire city is always at the whim of one councilman or county supervisor? Smells like feudalism.
This thing needs to happen. Unless you want NBC to start kicking the tires around Hollywood or L.A. Live.