Eyes On The Street: Broadway’s Got New Bulb-Outs

Work is underway for Downtown L.A.'s Broadway "Dress Rehearsal." The street has fresh new striping for bulb-outs, also new zebra crosswalks. photo Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Work is underway for Downtown L.A.’s Broadway “Dress Rehearsal.” The street has fresh new striping for bulb-outs, also new zebra crosswalks. Photo: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Crews are out this week doing striping and new crosswalks for a project called Broadway’s Dress Rehearsal. Broadway is, arguably, Los Angeles’ most heavily pedestrian street. The current project reallocates former car-lane space to make way for pedestrians. It’s no secret that the transformation here is inspired by NYC’s relatively-inexpensive street plazas, including Times Square.

Streetsblog L.A. reviewed the overall project earlier, and subsequently reported on implementation timelines. There’s plenty more project details at Bringing Back Broadway.

5 thoughts on Eyes On The Street: Broadway’s Got New Bulb-Outs

  1. I do hope that this restriping also involves planned programming to utilize the road space no longer available to cars instead for some other function. At the moment, it just looks like new stripes. What will really make this a useful “dress rehearsal” is to add parklets, bike parking, street trees/greenery, etc. to the areas previously allocated just to cars that are now cordoned off from vehicular use.

  2. A lot of what you’ve mentioned will be added–this post was a little premature. What amazes me is this project began in February and won’t be completed until August. 6 months for paint and planters! NYC would have completed this stuff over a weekend.

  3. All I know is it’s hard as hell to get around DTLA these days than compared to just last year. This stripping of the lanes all over downtown is making my life a lot more of a pain in the ass. I don’t understand most of it, and its very frustrating!

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