The Sunset Triangle Plaza was the first public street turned into a plaza in the City of Los Angeles, and has since become one of LA's and Silver Lake's major gathering places. The pandemic has been rough on everyone, and funding from filming for maintenance of the plaza has dried up. The Silver Lake Improvement Association, a 501(c)(3) Non Profit, needs your help. Please contribute to help maintain one of the City's iconic gathering spaces.
SLIA HISTORY AND ACHIEVEMENTS
SLIA is one of the oldest, ongoing, and most dynamic grass-roots community groups in Silver Lake. A non-profit, volunteer organization founded by area residents in 1989, SLIA has continued to benefit the community through its stated mission: “To help create and maintain a clean, safe and vibrant community environment.”
Our main activities over the years have included:
CRIME PREVENTION: SLIA was initially formed to combat gang-related crime, which was quite severe in the 1980s and ’90s and which we were instrumental in reducing. In coordination with our council office and senior lead officers, we held regular community meetings, helped form neighborhood watch groups, and organized block-captain networks.
BEAUTIFICATION: Besides organizing regular area clean-ups and graffiti paint-outs, we initiated and joined in the planting of over 300 trees along Silver Lake’s commercial arteries and residential streets. If you enjoy the purple jacarandas and yellow tipus all abloom come springtime, you can partly thank SLIA. We also initiated the landscaping of the Vendome Street median strip and co-founded the Gateway to Silver Lake project at Silver Lake Blvd. and the 101 Freeway. Local artists painted murals under the freeway and trees and bushes were planted along the previously asphalt and trash-covered median. Much of the ongoing maintenance of the Gateway and other beautification projects, undertaken with help from the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (SLNC), has unfortunately been put on hold due to the pandemic.
MUSIC BOX STEPS DAY: One of our most proudest and most popular achievements is the Music Box Steps Day Festival, which we founded in 1995 and has become a local institution. This free family event, co-sponsored by Council District 13 with support from myriad local groups and individuals, serves both to commemorate the famed film site of Laurel & Hardy’s 1932 Oscar-winning short The Music Box and to educate local youth and the community at large about this historical jewel in our midst. In 2020, limited but undeterred by the pandemic, we created a video to celebrate of our 26th annual festival, which remains available for viewing on our group’s web and Facebook sites.
NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: We were the guiding force behind the formation of the SLNC, an organizational process that lasted from 1999 until Silver Lake’s recognition by DONE (Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment) in 2003. Several SLIA board members have served on the SLNC over the years, and we maintain a close relationship with the group.
PLANNING AND LAND USE: Besides involvement in the Silver Lake/Ivanhoe Reservoir master plans, we have monitored various development projects in the area in an attempt to make them as community friendly and environmentally responsible as possible.
SUNSET TRIANGLE PLAZA: SLIA was chosen by the City in 2012 to oversee maintenance and activities at the Plaza at Griffith Park Blvd., the first such project in the city and which has since become one of the community’s major gathering places. One especially popular event, which SLIA also co-sponsored, has been the Silver Lake Picture Show, which premiered in 2013 and will hopefully remain a summer fixture.
OTHER ACTIVITIES: SLIA has helped organized political forums for local elections and other meetings of general interest to the community, and perhaps above all, we continue to support any effort that contributes to making Silver Lake the special place that it is!