Broadway’s historic core is one of the busiest streets in Downtown LA and now city councilman Jose Huizar is proposing to make Broadway a car-free zone.
The proposal is part of the “Bringing Back Broadway” plan, which has already improved the walking experience in downtown by widening sidewalks and adding landscaping and lighting to the area. This new plan would eliminate vehicular traffic and would only allow people to walk, bike, or use public transportation in the Broadway corridor.
The Bringing Back Broadway initiative actually started in 2008 as it began with goals to provide economic development and business assistance; encourage historic preservation; stimulate reactivation of Broadway’s historic theaters and long-underutilized commercial buildings; and increase transit and development options by bringing a streetcar back to downtown Los Angeles with Broadway as the spine for the route.
Huizar states that prohibiting cars would “create a truly multimodel street that will offer residents, workers, and visitors options for safe and convenient travel.”