If you really want to get staff and their developer friends nervous about the latest over-expansive condo and apartment projects that were being planned behind the scenes for so long, just ask them what they’re going to do about Burbank’s serious deficit in what is known in the industry as “green space.”
For instance, none of these proposed Downtown mega-projects contribute to the solution or provide an adequate allotment of green space of their own. So why isn’t this on anyone’s radar?
Remember, Burbank has long been cognizant of their deficiencies in this area, and they were even sanctioned for it at one time. Why do you think that in the 1990s they engaged in the mickey-mouse practice of trying to pawn off the old Miller School playground as a local “community park,” or played games with the AYSO fields at Luther by trying to convince people that they were in fact real and authentic “open space”?
You know what else Burbank has tried to pawn off as bona-fide open space in order to get out of this longtime problem? The city’s future building pads in the Verdugos, and even DeBell Golf Course (!)
But of course that’s not what anyone is talking about when it comes to authentic green space. Burbank doesn’t have enough parks and green space as it is, and they’re certainly not requiring their developer friends to improve the situation. Quite the opposite.
Anybody else notice? Green Space is the new buzz term that none of these planners and developers want you to get used to using. That’s because it’s a losing issue for the City of Burbank, and they know it.