If you've ever taken a visiting friend or family member to the Hollywood Walk of Fame at their behest (and against your advice), you know the pure ecstasy of seeing the glimmer fade from their eyes when expectation meets reality. *chef's kiss*
Welcome to Hollywood Boulevard, where dirty sidewalks overflow with tourists, brawling pop culture characters, street performers, and vendors as tour buses and endless cars lumber along the street. It's not the glamourous space depicted in post cards — and it's not a safe space either. The streets that encompass the Walk of Fame (Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue; Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard) are part of Los Angeles' High-Injury Network — the 6% of city streets where 70% of pedestrian deaths and severe injuries occur. But L.A. City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell wants to flip the script on Hollywood Boulevard with a master plan that aims to reduce car lanes — and in some places possibly eliminate them — to increase space for people taking in the sights and sounds on foot.
Today on AirTalk, we take a look at the details in the proposal. We want to hear your thoughts. Do you live near the area? Do you think the changes would be positive or negative and why? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.
Read the full story on LAist here.
Ryan Fonseca, writer and editor for LAist; his latest piece is “Here's What Hollywood Boulevard Could Look Like With Less Space For Cars And More Space For Humans”; he tweets @RyFons
Mitch O’Farrell, Councilmember of the 13th District, which encompasses Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, Little Armenia, Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown, Thai Town and Silver Lake; he introduced the plan to make over Hollywood Blvd this week; he tweets @MitchOFarrell