City Councilmember Josť Huizar
Message from Councilmember José Huizar:
I consider the downtown Historic Broadway Theatre District, with one of the largest concentrations of historic theaters in the country, and an amazing array of important commercial buildings, a true treasure of Los Angeles - one which deserves to be revitalized, protected, preserved and made vital for future generations.
Bringing Back Broadway is one of my highest priorities as a City Councilmember. I initiated Bringing Back Broadway because I believe the City must honor its history as significantly as its plans for the future. Bringing Back Broadway is a ten year vision – and an ambitious plan – to revitalize the corridor, activate the theaters, reactive more than a vacant commercial space, create a sense of place and history through urban planning, design and streetscapes, and make the dream of once again riding a streetcar downtown a reality.
Historic preservation is not about pressing the pause button on what we had in decades past, but is about finding new and innovative ways to ensure the vitality and functionality of historic structures as time marches on, so that they are protected, preserved and part of our lives in future generations as well.
As this ten-year vision continues to move forward, I am very pleased with what has been accomplished and am excited about great opportunities on the horizon. A number of plans for Broadway revitalization have come and gone over the years, but each has faded away. The proposals did not lack great ideas, but rather a commitment from both public and private entities to move things forward. It’s a different downtown today with new opportunities that we all find very exciting. This vision has been enthusiastically embraced, and the initiative enjoys significant participation of a wide range of community and civic leaders, property owners, business owners and residents.
Broadway’s time is now. The revitalized Broadway corridor will complement and provide an essential historic connection between new large-scale downtown development projects, such as L.A. Live and Grand Avenue.
We have accomplished a great deal together thus far - surpassing many of our own planned milestones while learning lessons from the efforts of other cities as well. These efforts and accomplishments have set the stage for what we will strive to achieve in the coming years, as Bringing Back Broadway continues to evolve and as we bring our plans to fruition.
I am honored to lead this historic effort. Executive Director, Jessica Wethington McLean and I look forward to continuing to work with you as we bring back a Broadway that offers something for everyone in future generations to enjoy, while honoring its very special place in our hearts and history.
See you on Broadway!
Councilmember 14th District