historical society fights to save old lampposts : glendale replacing ornate fixtures with modern, efficient, \'characterless\' lights

by:SEEKING     2020-06-14
When Glendale city replaced the old cityfashioned cast-
Iron lamppost along Colorado Street, smooth 40-foot-
High aluminum bars and bright sodium lamps create the \"least
According to the Glendale Historical Society, Glendale has charming streets.
In a report submitted to the City Council, the association alleged that the installation of new lighting standards throughout the city was undermining the \"features of neighborhoods and historic neighborhoods \".
\"The society asked the city to stop dismantling the gorgeous old pillars.
But so far, in addition to ordering research by the public service, the city has rejected protectionism.
Decorative columns and Gothic lanterns stored as JunkGlendale pile up as garbage in the storage yard, while other cities will spend a lot of money to restore the lights as a beautification of the community
The argument was made by five-year street-
Light modernization plan approved by the Municipal Council in 1982.
On the main streets of the whole city, about 650 gorgeous antique street lamps are being replaced by modern and efficient sodium steam \"shoesbox lights.
\"The city is replacing old fixtures ---double-
Global Gothic lamps on tank concrete or castingsiron poles--
On Glendale Avenue, south of Broadway, city power line Supervisor Jerry Milota said the city\'s project is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
Only about 250 gorgeous double
There are still Universal lights on the Main Street.
The modern light is four times brighter than the old-fashioned light, which improves traffic safety and uses only about half of the energy, Milota said.
The Glendale Avenue project alone will save the city $10,000 in energy costs every year, he said.
In addition, bright lights installed at 40 feet high instead of 18 feet high illuminate larger areas and require less light, which reduces maintenance and fuel costs, Milota said.
However, the historical society\'s report criticized city officials for being insensitive to the features of the community and for not studying alternative lighting systems more thoroughly.
It also alleges that the strong light placed on the poles would result in an \"inappropriate size\" of the building in the old area \".
Steve Preston of Glendale, chairman of the association\'s Conservation Task Force, said that the strong lighting from the towering lights on Colorado Street \"promoted a wilderness, he said, in the long run, this will lead to further deterioration of the body and an increase in crime.
Preston, a planner in raventown, said Glendale was getting rid of the traditional old street lights just as many other cities brought them back.
Sodium steam fixtures can be easily added to existing lamp posts, he says, and new replicas of antique lights are almost as effective as their smooth, modern lightsdesign cousins. \'Gas-
Gary Keller, president of an Orange County company that produces vintage street lamp replicas, said there is an increasing trend in the city to replace modern sterile street lamps
Lighting with turningof-
Replica of the century.
People prefer gasoline.
\"Look,\" said Keller.
\"This is a romantic, nostalgic era, representing an era of exquisite craftsmanship.
Until a few years ago, the main obstacle was that they were less efficient than modern lighting.
But with new technology, that\'s not the case anymore.
We have seen more and more cities dismantle the lighting equipment they have installed in 1950 and 1960 and reinstall the lighting equipment of 1900.
Brea\'s street light dealer, William Paul Ogilvy, says antique street lights demolished in one city are often purchased by another city in an attempt to restore the original look of the area that is now being renovated.
A spokesman for Glendale\'s purchasing department, which handles sales of used city equipment, said some actors
Iron and concrete
Column street lamps demolished a few years ago were sold to Anchorage, Alaska for about $125 each.
Decorative items the city also sells street lights to antique dealers that restore street lights to decorative items for private estates and commercial properties.
Glendale has not sold any of them in the last two years, but is accumulating in a warehouse.
The historical society has asked the council to stop the sale of any Antique pillars.
Dealers and cities often pay $200 to $300 for good-condition antique lighting standards, Ogilvie said.
A Suwang company specializing in antique lamps and lanterns sold and restored single
Global gothic lighting-
Similar double-
Global lights on Glendale Avenue-$1,400 per person.
Orange County manufacturer Keller said that the replica of antique lights, depending on the style, costs $1,300 to $1,500, while the modern \"glasses snake head\" street lights cost $700 to $800.
Low cost though
Keller says his company, the Western lighting standard of Fountain Valley, has nearly tripled sales of gorgeous lights to cities in the past five years.
He says the manufacture of decorative lights that almost disappeared 20 years ago is on the rise again.
The Historical Society pointed out that the city of Alhambra replaced the decoration standard of the Main Street business district with a goose neck
Just five years ago, style Mercury Steam lamps are now replacing them with restored and copied originals that are very similar to decorative materials removed from Glendale Street
Higher level of lighting. E.
Cameron, director of public service at Glendale city, said the city has looked into the feasibility of converting old lights to High Lights
Pressure Sodium, but found that this conversion \"only provides 25% of the light needed for the main street.
\"He insists that higher levels of lighting are needed in order to reduce the city\'s responsibility for accidents and injuries.
The association denies this, saying there is not enough case history to establish a light-based liability.
The association recommends 18-foot-high double-
The world\'s quaint lights remain on the main thoroughfare surrounding the Civic Center, the brand Avenue near Broadway, the Chevrolet Chase Avenue near Adams Square and Adams Hill, the village of Kenneth Road between Grand Canyon and Sonora Avenue, located on the North Pacific Avenue between Glen Oaks Avenue and Glenwood Road, on the North Central Avenue between Stoke Street and Randolph Street, and the entrance to Glendale Avenue Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
The association also suggested that the city retain the smaller, single remaining
The Globes of residential areas, or, if necessary, replace them with replicas of similar designs.
Lights in residential areas are mounted on short slot bars of cast iron or concrete with an opaque sphere.
Social dispute MemoCameron says the city will convert antique lights from about 1,700 of its neighborhoods into sodium electricity whenever possible.
However, in places where more light is needed, or when the light is damaged or knocked down, the lights are being replaced by modern light fixtures.
According to the Historical Society, a 1981 memo from the public service staff to the city manager reported that the new actor
The Iron Standard for replacing the knocked-down Pole \"is not easy to get a replacement through any company.
However, there are many such companies found by the society.
The social report criticized the city, saying that the staff did not fully explore \"the scope and cost of existing light standards \".
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