Carpocalypse Now and Loving It


I’m going to be completely honest here. I’m thrilled as punch that Babies “R” Us has set up shop in the Los Feliz/Glendale/Atwater Village area (2901 Los Feliz Blvd. or store # 5667 for those keeping score at home).

I used to have to drive nearly 18 miles from Los Feliz to Van Nuys to get decent prices on formula, wipes, and silicone nipples. But now whenever I want to get my hands on burp cloths or piddle pads, I just hop in the car, take a quick jaunt down Glendale Boulevard, turn on Revere, and there I am at Los Feliz Boulevard, happy as a newborn sucking on mummy’s teat.

So, what’s the catch? Well, the location where it opened is already a parking nightmare. In that lot there’s currently a Best Buy, Costco, Toys “R” Us (which I predict Babies “R” Us will envelop), New Hope Chapel, Starbucks, Verizon Wireless, Mimi’s Cafe, Togo’s, Panda Express, Baja Fresh, and Jamba Juice.

Does the neighborhood really need another major shopping destination along Los Feliz Boulevard? And what about the poor locals trying to get to the Americana at Brand? What’s their recourse?

The biggest victim of all may be the Tam O’Shanter Inn across the street. That old girl is 86 years old and still serving up delicious meals to well-dressed customers. But she used to be an oasis in a desert. Now she’s difficult to spot amid the generic strip-mall buildings.

Ahh, who am I kidding? There’s really no catch to this. I’m loving it. I’ll just make sure I buy Seventh Generation diapers, and all will be forgiven. Alright?

Image: Panoramic shot of the parking lot by Mike Winder. Click to gammarayify.

9 thoughts on “Carpocalypse Now and Loving It”

  1. Was the Tam O’Shanter a desert in an oasis, or perhaps an oasis in a desert?

    Man, I hate it when I do that. Sorry. Don’t mean to be a dick. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

  2. I’m glad this worked out for you, but Li’l Bossa Nova (son of Samba) is upset that his favorite toy shopping venue had to give up square footage for “stupid baby stuff”.

  3. Oh no, not the Tam O’Shanter. It is so sad to see local landmarks paved over to make room for the new and questionably improved. How does anyone get a city clouncil to listen to preserve when they are blinded by increased sales tax revenue?

  4. @ frazgo Tam O’Shanter isn’t in any danger of being paved over. Its just getting a little crowded over in her neighborhood.

  5. @benh57: If a game called “Super Mario Bros” can keep being rejuvenated for over twenty years, surely a game with a spectacular title like “Carmageddon” has a chance of revival.

  6. Given that the Babies R Us took over floor space from the existing Toys R Us, I don’t think the parking situation is likely to change.

  7. @Spencer Cross: That’d be great. However, from what I understand, Toys “R” Us are not doing well financially, while Babies “R” Us are. That, plus the fact that there are so few Babies “R” Uses in Los Angeles, make me think traffic will increase.

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