L.A. Considers Hollywood Blvd. Makeover With Fewer Cars & Wider Sidewalks

A new and bold makeover has been proposed for the iconic Hollywood Boulevard

Los Angeles Times reports that L.A. City Councilman - Mitch O'Farrell - has unveiled a 90-page concept aimed at creating a more glamorous, more welcoming atmosphere for tourists who visit the iconic boulevard.

The L.A. Times adds that the concept draws inspiration from Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris, stating that "this could be achieved in Hollywood too." The plans states that if approved, the new and improved Hollywood Boulevard would include wider sidewalks, more shade trees, more space for sidewalk dining and far less space for drivers.

Councilman O'Farrell, whose district includes Hollywood, told the LA Times that “The boulevard hasn’t reached its full potential — not by a long shot. We’re very optimistic that we can see real change on this historic boulevard within a number of years.”

Furthermore, the report adds that if this concept is approved, it would narrow Hollywood Boulevard to a center turn lane and one travel lane in each direction roughly between La Brea Avenue and Vine Street.

Ultimately, the plan to eliminate a vehicle travel lane and a parking lane in each direction would create enough space to widen the sidewalks along the Walk of Fame to 25 feet on each side, the proposal adds.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

PHOTO: Via Gensler and Los Angeles Times

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