We discussed the importance of the historic Broadway corridor to our City as a whole, past efforts to revitalize Broadway, and what the future holds with Bringing Back Broadway. Discussions like this reinforce my belief that Broadway should once again serve as a hub for multicultural entertainment. The historic theatres are the anchors, but with a million square feet of vacant commercial space in upper floors, all of Broadway is poised for a comeback. One of the topics of greatest interest was the streetcar. We had it right 40 years ago when streetcars ran everywhere. I look forward to the inaugural ride when a streetcar once again connects Broadway to the rest of downtown.
Photo courtesy of Gary Leonard. Panelists pictured left to right: Mike Buhler, Director of Advocacy, Los Angeles Conservancy; Marilyn F. Solomon, Chair, Board of Governors, City Club on Bunker Hill; Councilmember Jose' Huizar; Lillian Burkenheim, Project Manager, Community Redevelopment Agency; Jessica Wethington McLean, Executive Director, Bringing Back Broadway; Tara Jones, Director, National Preservation Partners; Ed Kelsey, Board Member, League of Historic American Theatres and General Manager, Orpheum Theatre.