LA Magazine: David Ryu Might Be on to a Concrete Solution to Fix Streets in Hancock Park—and Across L.A. -

Neighbors seek a longterm answer to the pothole epidemic, which could be utilized citywide. 

The houses in Hancock Park may be pristine, but the streets are not. Like many other L.A. neighborhoods, tony HP is suffering through rutted boulevards—but there’s finally movement on a solution.

Councilman David Ryu is spearheading studies of two damaged street segments to gauge longterm repairs, not just cheap band-aid fixes, according to Park Labrea News. Once the cost estimates are in hand, Ryu’s office can move forward on a permanent citywide fund to fix streets with concrete, rather than asphalt.

Little known fact: most streets are patched with asphalt, which lasts about three decades. When streets are instead paved with concrete, they can last seven decades.

With the city now committing $100 million to battle homelessness, it's not clear where the money will come from for all that concrete. But at least there's momentum to street repair that's more forward-thinking and, possibly, cost-effective. According to Angieslist, a basic asphalt driveway costs between $2 to $5 per square foot, while a concrete driveway runs $3 to $10 per square foot. While the latter is more expensive, the longer-lasting concrete may be cheaper in the long-run.