Los Angeles' 'Premier Complete Street' Clears Final Hurdle
"This week, stakeholders hammered out an agreement that allows the MyFigueroa complete streets project to finally move from design to on-the-ground implementation," reports Joe Linton.
Recently the project had encountered opposition from the Shammas Auto Group, which filed a legal appeal to delay the project. The death of the city's redevelopment agency delayed the project earlier in its long design and approval process, and the district's recently elected council member even took time to convince of the project's benefits. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation worked for the past few months to hammer out new details, detailed by Linton's coverage, to ensure a final consensus by local stakeholders.
Linton describes what complete streets enthusiasts have to look forward to on this corridor connecting the University of Southern California to the city’s sports and entertainment district anchored by L.A. Live and Staples Center, just south of the downtown central business district: "The MyFigueroa project will be Los Angeles’ first large-scale “complete streets” makeover. It creates a street that’s truly welcoming and safe for everyone. The project features widened sidewalks, wayfinding, landscaping, pedestrian-scale lighting, improved bus stops, and the city’s first protected bikeway or cycle track."