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Broadway Trustees and Red Car Board Get Into Gear

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2008, at 02:23PM
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Last night the Bringing Back Broadway Trustees held their first meeting high above Downtown in City's Hall Tom Bradley room. The group was created last month to shepherd Broadway's revitalization efforts. At this first meeting the Trustees started to get down to the business of figuring out how to go about achieving their mission. A framework for the Executive Director position was discussed, and a trio of committees were decided upon.

One of these committees would focus on transportation issues, with an emphasis on bringing a streetcar back to Downtown. The effort was the topic of another meeting yesterday, with the Red Car Advisory Board being called back to the table for the first time since mid-2006. Gloria Ohland of Reconnected America presented very preliminary plans for a one-day workshop on streetcar experiences nationwide.

The group also decided that a field trip was in order, talking about the value of seeing streetcar systems firsthand. Despite lobbying by South Park BID head Mike Pfeiffer that the trip's destination should be Paris, the group decided on organizing an outing to the Pacific Northwest to see the system in place in Portland. Targeted for attendance are Downtown property owners who will likely be expected to pony up a good part of the funds for the eventual Downtown service.

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