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.