September 3: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1922:  The new freight depot at East Long Beach is formally dedicated.

The station had been deemed necessary by the increased freight and passenger traffic resulting from industrial development in that area of Long Beach, particularly in the oil industry.

More information can be found in the October, 1922 issue of Pacific Electric Magazine.

2003:  Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn, along with representatives of Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced an agreement  to facilitate construction of a much-needed high school and housing development in North Hollywood.

A major element of NoHo Commons will be a new high school that will serve nearly 2,000 students and alleviate overcrowding at Grant and North Hollywood High Schools.

The adjacent $218-million complex will include new residential units, retail and commercial office space, and community space near the North Hollywood Metro Red Line station and the San Fernando Valley Metro Orange Line Rapidway station.

Los Angeles City Councilman and LACMTA Board Member Tom LaBonge explains that:

“Development of the NoHo Commons with a housing component and high school together, which are located near a transportation portal, the Red Line, is smart urban development.  This is a great example of public agencies working cooperatively for the greater benefit.”