A campaign to make some major changes to Broadway in Downtown LA is gaining momentum with this Broadway Streetscape Master Plan PDF. The plans show an 8-block section of Broadway (from 2nd Street to Olympic Blvd.) getting slimmed down from 6 lanes of traffic to just 3, with one of those lanes being the re-introduction of the streetcar (this last part seems a bit harder to implement, but still a nice touch). Sidewalks will be extended, buildings will be re-furnished and re-occupied (there are a surprising number of empty storefronts on Broadway), and hopefully people will find Downtown a place to venture once again.

I’m sure this is going to be highly contested by LA citizens, but if other cities around the world can do similar road changes and still get by, so can LA! Don’t let the fear of getting out of your car to walk stop this from happening LA!