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Broadway Walk Offers Chance for Education and Input

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at 04:05PM
BWay_2_K Ed Fuentes

The Los Angeles Conservancy's Mike Buhler surveys handouts at 7th and Broadway.

The threat of rain wasn't enough to keep those interested in Broadway's future from joining in on last night's "Broadway Walk," a street-level think-tank put together by the Bringing Back Broadway effort and landscape architecture firm Meléndrez.

Eight themed stations were scattered along Broadway, from Grand Central Market at 3rd to the Eastern Columbia building at 9th. The displays offered guidance on what articipants should look for in giving their input on streetscape enhancements.

For some attendees, the event was their first time re-thinking the street and its role in the city. For others, like Eric Hillsman, the tour was a chance to share a backlog of ideas dating to the 1980s.

Speaking volumes were the off-and-on moments when the current street life of business owners and shoppers paused to listen in, some offering a few ideas of their own.

Meléndrez will take the input from Tuesday's event and use it to help guide a streetscape plan intended to be completed this summer.

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