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Making Tracks Toward a Restored Downtown

June 17, 2004

Re "Community's Trolley May Roll Again," June 12: The proposal to restore the Angelino Heights yellow streetcar line is a further excellent step toward making downtown again a historically and culturally thrilling place in which to live.

But why stop here? Let's convert formerly elegant Broadway and 7th streets into pedestrian malls, and down the middle of these malls would run the double tracks of yellow streetcars.

Appropriate streetcars could be found somewhere in the world, or better, new ones could be built with the proper early 20th century vintage design. Beside the tracks could be planted flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals, with trees. Fountains could be built. Alternatively, consider this: Grand Avenue with its automobile emphasis and cold, severe stonework another Champs-Elysees? Never!

Kenyon B. De Greene

Woodland Hills

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