'Joel Bloom Square' Proposed
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Joel Bloom may soon join Tom Bradley, Famous Amos, Gene Autry, and Raymond Chandler as an official Los Angeles icon.
In a rare honor for a living Angeleno, East 3rd and Traction has been proposed to be a City-designated square named after the long-time Arts District community leader. According to Stephanie Magnien, Legislative Deputy for 9th District Councilmember Jan Perry, final approval will be voted on July 3 in Council chambers.
There is bound to be very little debate on this. Joel's years of commmunity work with DLANC, LARABA, LADAD, Little Tokyo and MTA have shaped the neighborhood just east of Downtown, even before it was known as the Arts District.
Joel recently received a proclamation from the City of Los Angeles signed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, and all the members the City Council. It was presented to him at the V.A. Hospital in Westwood, where he currently recovering from his latest round of cancer treatments.
Added 1:45pm June 28: As of 10am this morning, the Arts District now has a new sign. at East 3rd and Traction.
Added July 6: As expected, and as noted in the last DotDotDash , council approved "Joel Bloom Square" July 3.
Pictured: Joel Bloom, December 2006 by EF