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CalArts cited as part of Los Angeles' "Bringing Back Broadway" program

February 4, 2013
LADowntownNews

A Halfway Point for Bringing Back Broadway

by Richard Guzmá

On the chilly evening of Monday, Jan. 28, 14th District City Councilman José Huizar walked up Broadway near Ninth Street. As usual, the corridor was busy with pedestrians and shoppers. Some darted into discount clothing and electronics stores. Others waited to catch a bus.

Then there was the crowd that five years ago wasn’t here. A group of stylish 20-somethings were having a bite at Umamicatessen. Just up the street, the Los Angeles Brewing Company had a batch of office workers gathered at the bar for happy hour. Some well-dressed diners were beginning to trickle in to Figaro, a massive new French restaurant near Sixth Street.

The evening stroll came five years to the day after Huizar brought hundreds of people together in the Los Angeles Theatre to announce the formation of Bringing Back Broadway. The 10-year plan, which came on the heels of a number of failed efforts to improve the corridor that holds a collection of faded movie palaces, envisioned reviving Broadway between Second Street and Olympic Boulevard with more nightlife, a streetcar, new restaurants and shops and better sidewalks.

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