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Broadway Workshop Invites Public Input Into Design Process

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 09:58AM
Broadway Streetscape Design Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A pair of projects set to shape the look of Broadway will be presented to the public on Wednesday evening at a workshop designed to get community input into the evolution of the street.

Though the two cover distinct issues, the differences between the Broadway Design Guide and the Streetscape Plan can be confusing. Simply put, the Design Guide covers the buildings along Broadway while the the Streetscape Plan deals with the street and sidewalks.

At the end of the day, though, most stakeholders don't care which plan is which, they simply want the street to look or function a certain way. That's why the Bringing Back Broadway project decided to put on the joint workshop, to be held on May 27 from 4:30 - 7:30pm at the Wurlitzer Building, 818 S. Broadway.

The Design Guide is a product of the city's Planning department, and is intended to be passed by City Council this summer. It will create new standards for the treatment of historic structures along Broadway, as well as for new construction that miht take place along the street.

The Streetscape Plan, produced by local landscape architecture firm Meléndrez, looks at the physical layout of the street and what amenities should be placed along the sidewalks.

Residents and merchants located near Broadway received mailers about the Wednesday workshop, but all stakeholders are invited.

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