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New Bunker Hill Crosswalk Connects The Broad with MOCA in Downtown LA

A new crosswalk has been installed on Grand Ave connecting The Broad and MOCA on Bunker Hill

A new crosswalk has been installed on Grand Ave connecting The Broad and MOCA on Bunker Hill

One of the most anticipated new projects opening later this year in Downtown LA is The Broad contemporary art museum on Bunker Hill, which will house the over 2,000-piece permanent art collection belonging to billionaire Eli Broad. As part of the infrastructural improvements to the area and to prepare for the grand opening of the museum slated for Sept 20, a new crosswalk on Grand Ave was installed in early May approximately mid-block between 2nd and 3rd Street.

The main intent of the new crosswalk is to allow for improved pedestrian connections and movement between The Broad and MOCA — both top-notch contemporary art museums — located across the street from each other. In addition, the crosswalk will help connect a lot of other destinations on Bunker Hill including the new Emerson luxury apartment tower and upcoming Vespaio Italian eatery, the beautiful new olive tree grove adjacent to The Broad, and of course, the highly revered Colburn School ranked one of the best conservatories in the country.

As Downtown LA continues to become more pedestrian oriented, I hope that we will see more little improvements like these that continue to reinforce the idea that this is the one place in LA where people rule — not cars.

The new Broad crosswalk also connects the new olive tree grove park to the Colburn School across the street

The new Broad crosswalk also connects the new olive tree grove park to the Colburn School across the street

The Broad will be grand opening in late September this year

The Broad will be grand opening in late September this year

A new park with 100 year old olive trees imported from NorCal sits between The Broad and The Emerson luxury apartments

A new park with 100 year old olive trees imported from NorCal sits between The Broad and The Emerson luxury apartments

New planter mounds have been planted along Grand Ave along the side of The Broad

New planter mounds have been planted along Grand Ave along the side of The Broad

The oculus opening faces Grand Ave

The oculus opening faces Grand Ave

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10 Comments

  1. thefoxiscunning says

    Those planters are amazing. Any idea what the plants are? Are they drought tolerant or are there sprinklers?

    Related, has anyone explored transitioning the barren and ugly DTLA planters (as well as the gross astroturf ones) to drought tolerant (and dog waste resilient) setups?

  2. PK says

    Only a matter of time until the homeless make the trek up the hill and start sleeping on those planters. Until then it looks AMAZING

    • dtla resident says

      I live near the area and that will never happen. Any homeless people that make it up here are quickly told to leave.

  3. Despite its history Bunker Hill is really becoming the cultural epicenter of DTLA. With the addition of Grand Park and soon the Broad and the Emerson things are improving in leaps and bounds. The Broad design is beautiful imo. I love it. The crosswalk is such a nice addition connecting the museums. And those olive trees and planter mounds are absolutely amazing. Thanks Bringham.

  4. Sebastian says

    I’d prefer seeing some tulips instead of that grass they planted on the crosswalk. It will brighten that area a bit.

    • carter says

      Tulips last about 3-4 days, so then what?
      No flowering seasonal shrubs needed. Need to keep things as low maintenance as possible.
      And speaking of maintenance, don’t want to think of how often the exterior of the Broad will need a thorough cleaning. The logistics should rival those required to keep Disney Hall clean.

    • Luke Klipp says

      Tulips actually do really poorly in our climate. Trust me, I’ve tried. :-) Something colorful would be nice, but perhaps the plants there now will bloom at some point? Don’t underestimate the colorful nature of many native flora.

  5. julietrevino says

    As interesting as the architecture in this area is, this area is really too low-rise with plenty of space between each building. Almost like it’s not even downtown. A few low-rise island-buildings are fine, but they need to step up the high rise building and density.

    This is an area that doesn’t really have the bones of a pedestrian area, so they have to be more thoughtful if they want an active downtown.

  6. thefoxiscunning says

    @Julie Trevino – I think everything you listed are the strengths, not weaknesses of the area. In fact, I’d go so far to argue it’s the most frequented area of DTLA by tourists and non-residents. Not many major metropolitan areas are afforded the rather awesome benefit of having a more low-rise, open layout area as part of their immediate Downtown area.

    • carter says

      And not call it Pershing Square!
      But you are correct – Disney Hall, MOCA, Coburn School, and the soon to open Broad Museum makes this area very user-friendly, yet the surrounding hi-rises create an island of tranquility.
      And speaking of tranquility – ever had lunch in the garden in Disney Hall?
      This area has plenty of pedestrians, just some times of day more than others.

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