Pedestrian Infrastructure in LA Neighborhood a Study in Contrasts

In Los Angeles’s Boyle Heights neighborhood, some locals are benefiting from public-space improvements as part of the Eastside Access project. But many nearby streets and sidewalks are sorely neglected.
January 22, 2014, 10am PST | Anna Bergren Miller | @abergrenmiller
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Reporter Sahra Sulaiman talked to residents who expressed frustration at poorly-placed or missing street furniture.  She found decrepit benches positioned in full sun; neglected planters; and redundant lean bars at Metro bus stops.  The contrast with nearby improvements is especially noticeable on Cesar Chavez, a bustling commercial corridor.

“The lack of investment in Boyle Heights’s streets is troubling, considering how dependent so much of the community is on transit, biking, and/or walking,” Sulaiman writes.

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