An uphill battle for Uptown

first_img“We still have these lots empty from the buildings that were torn down and weren’t replaced,” said Langan, who remains a co-owner of the building that housed his former store. He and others point to the empty lots, such as the one on Greenleaf next to the Havana House, the grassy area in front of the parking structure or the parking lot on Philadelphia Street and Bright Avenue. There remains hope for the Uptown area, some say. Rents are increasing and a new plan to renovate the area is now being reviewed by the Planning Commission. “In the last year and a half, with the specific plan and improved events, we’re turning it around,” said Larry Trujillo, executive director of the Whittier Uptown Association. “We still need to clean it up and work on infrastructure so better businesses can come in,” he said. The last 20 years haven’t been easy for the Uptown area, which until the earthquake seemed to be progressing well after the losses of car dealers on Greenleaf Avenue as well as JC Penney and other major stores during the 1960s and 1970s. “It was definitely pretty vibrant,” Councilman Bob Henderson recalled. “There were a lot of little local businesses unique to Whittier and they were flourishing.” Then at 7:42 p.m. Oct. 1, 1987, the Whittier Narrows Earthquake hit, leaving bricks, broken glass and other debris at the core of the Uptown area on Greenleaf Avenue and Philadelphia Street. Eighteen buildings eventually would be demolished. Damage was estimated at $80 million. Initially, many of the small business owners would operate out of 25 trailers set up on the now-empty lots. Langan’s building survived, but he lost $50,000 in inventory. But many of the business owners wouldn’t come back. “People had the stigma of it and for years didn’t want to come back,” Langan said. “It reminded them of that horrible day.” Others were struggling before the earthquake and with this disaster didn’t have the resources to continue, he said. After the quake, the city came in with a plan for the rebuilding of the Uptown area. There were some successes – a new theater replaced the adult theater, and some new restaurants like Crepes and Grapes Cafe, Phlight and Starbucks opened. But unlike the rest of the city, retail struggled. Part of the difference was that a resident or even a developer outside of Uptown could come in a with a plan to demolish the existing building and expand. But that wasn’t true in Uptown, said Helvey, the city manger. “You can’t tear an old building and construct a new one like you can on a home remodel,” Helvey said. You also can’t convert a second floor to condos because there’s no parking, he said. There were other problems, said Kim Wicker, co-owner of Monte’s Camera Shop that has been in existence since 1948. Wicker has been involved with it since the late 1970s. “We needed hard-core specialty stores and a couple of anchors,” Wicker said. Part of the problem were the new big-box retail stores that began to emerge during the 1990s, Wicker said. And they weren’t interested in coming to the Uptown area. “I hear people say that Uptown Whittier isn’t close to the freeway,” he said. The former Bank of America building also has been a problem, with three nightclubs either failing or the last one – Ibiza – being kicked out by the city. “I would be very reluctant to see a nightclub there,” Henderson said. “We never wanted any nightclubs but were told it would be a dining establishment. That hasn’t worked out.” It was a difficult situation for the city, Trujillo said. “The choices weren’t easy,” he said. “Do you tear down and start a whole new Uptown area or do you work with what’s left? We’re finally starting to head in that direction.” Two decades later there is reason for optimism. “Uptown is definitely improving,” Langan said. “The rents and leases have really gone up in the last few years and encouraged builders to look at new buildings.” The specific plan also gives reason for hope, some say. It has a new code that is expected to make it easier to attract developers. The concept also focuses on new housing. “This whole concept of bringing homeowners into the Uptown area really makes a lot of sense,” Henderson said. And more residents will mean a larger market for the retail owners, officials say. Still, as bad as the earthquake was, there were some positives from it, Councilman Greg Nordbak said. “It really helped us progress in the quality of design standards,” Nordbak said. “We don’t throw in strip malls any more,” Nordbak said. “We’re not taking in houses that were destroyed and putting in apartments. In a sense we were hurt in the short run and helped in the long run.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! You’ve got the Uptown area, which still is struggling, as shown by the empty lots never rebuilt on after the magnitude-5.9 earthquake hit on Oct. 1, 1987. Some buildings that crumbled that day were cleared away, but nothing has replaced them. Then, you’ve got residential areas where many are rebuilding or remodeling to make their homes larger and nicer. There is no sign of the 100 chimneys that tumbled or the 17 homes that were destroyed. And Whittier Boulevard has two remodeled shopping centers and a new one. “(Whittier) has actually continued to improve since the earthquake,” City Manager Steve Helvey said. “We’ve seen a landslide of significant home remodels and reinvestment in our residential areas,” Helvey said. “It’s hard not to drive down a street and not see a home being torn down and being rebuilt.” Commercial development has been slower – in part because of lack of available land. Still, two shopping centers – the Quad and Whittier Town Center, formerly Whittwood Mall – have been completely remodeled. A third – the Whittier Marketplace – opened after the earthquake. You can’t say that about the Uptown area, according to city and business leaders. “(The earthquake) just about destroyed Uptown,” said Jeff Langan, longtime owner of the former Whittier Paint, Wallpaper and Art Co. “There was so much damage that it virtually destroyed the character of the town. last_img read more

India vs South Africa, 6th ODI: Will Virat Kohli test India’s bench strength in Centurion?

first_imgVirat Kohli had made it clear in the post-match interview on Tuesday that India will be gunning for their fifth win of the ODI series against South Africa as the two teams get ready to square off in the sixth and final match at Centurion on Friday.India hammered the Proteas by 73 runs in the fifth ODI to secure the series 4-1 with one match in hand.India vs South Africa, 6th ODI in Centurion: Live Cricket Streaming available on SonyLIV from 4.30 PM IST todayBut the team management might be tempted to test the bench strength in the dead rubber at SuperSport Park.”We want to win 5-1 but there might be a scenario to give a few guys a chance,” said Kohli after the win earlier this week.India have made just the one change throughout the ODI series with Shreyas Iyer replacing Kedar Jadhav in the playing XI in the last two ODIs.Jadhav was dropped due to his inconsistency with the bat and he was only used as a part-time spin bowler to complete the fifth bowler’s full quota of 10 overs as Hardik Pandya proved to be expensive in the middle overs in the first three ODIs.Now with the series in bag and with the home team on the ropes, India may tinker with their playing XI in the final game.Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur have warmed the bench in the series so far but there is a possibility that a couple of them might get a look in the final team.advertisementThe middle-order batsmen have struggled to score in every game which is where Manish may be tried out in place of Shreyas. Then there is Jasprit Bumrah, who has played every match on this tour so far and may get a well-deserved break with either Shardul or Shami getting a game in his place.India have an eye set on the World Cup in 2019 and have started to build their squad for the mega-event in England.A team usually doesn’t tinker with its winning combination unless there is an injury concern but this is the perfect opportunity for India to test its bench strength.Moreover, their No. 1 ODI ranking also won’t be a concern even if they lose the final ODI.India needed to secure atleast a 4-2 win before the start of this series and will now finish on top of the table irrespective of how the final match pans out. They surpassed the hosts in the rankings after taking a 2-0 lead with their win at Durban in the 2nd ODI.This is the first time since October 2017 and fifth time overall that India have finished on top of the ODI rankings following the conclusion of a series since rising to the top for the first time in January 2013.Even if South Africa win the final match, India will remain No. 1 on 121 points, while the Proteas will end on 119 points. In contrast, if India win the series 5-1, then they will finish on 123 points, while South Africa will end on 117 points.last_img read more

India vs Australia Live Streaming: When and where to watch IND vs AUS 4th ODI

first_imgIndia will be hoping to return to winning ways when they take on Australia in the fourth of the ongoing five-match ODI series in Mohali on Sunday. The hosts were beaten by 32 runs in Ranchi on Friday as Australia kept their hopes alive.Captain Virat Kohli hinted that India will be making a few changes to the playing XI. Batting coach Sanjay Bangar on Friday announced MS Dhoni would be rested for the final two ODIs in Mohali and Delhi, respectively.Meanwhile, India may look to bring in KL Rahul in place of out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan despite the opener receiving the backing of Bangar. On the other hand, India may go back to playing two wrist-spinners with Yuzvendra Chahal likely to replace Ravindra Jadeja.India vs Australia, 4th ODI: Live ScoreAll eyes will be on Rishabh Pant as the young wicketkeeper-batsman gets an audition to prove his worth and book a spot in India’s World Cup squad. Also, it remains to be seen if Ambati Rayudu will find a place in the playing XI after successive failures in the ongoing series.India vs Australia 4th ODI broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs Aus Mohali matchWhat time does the 4th ODI between India vs Australia start?The 4th ODI between India and Australia starts at 01.30 PM IST on March 10, Friday at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.What TV channel and live stream is the 4th ODI between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV andAirtel TV will live stream India vs Australia match.advertisementWhere will the 4th ODI between India and Australia be played?The 4th ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium from 01.30 PM IST.Where can I watch India vs Australia 4th ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 4th ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 4th ODI between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant (wk).Australia: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.Also See:last_img read more