The Wilshire corridor, from downtown to the beach, started out as a mostly residential street, but quickly transformed into a major commercial and transportation corridor. Today, as the city struggles to figure out (literal) avenues for current and future residential growth, it looks like Wilshire may be in for a return to its residential roots…but in a way that bears no resemblance at all to its single-family origins.
This week, two key articles appeared on the LA Times Opinion pages, which cast a new light on the current and future densification of Wilshire Blvd. The first, published on Thursday, November 3, suggests that adding 1.5 million housing units to Wilshire could solve the city’s housing problems, almost in one fell swoop, “while preserving the neighborhood character and natural landscape of the remaining 99% of L.A. County.”
The second story, published in the Times today (Saturday, November 5), talks about the transformation of the Miracle Mile stretch of Wilshire in recent years from a fading old-school retail district to a busy, rapidly up-scaling area of large mixed-use projects.
Taken together, the two stories lead readers toward discussing and thinking about a massive transformation of Wilshire, which has already begun and will accelerate rapidly over the next couple of decades…and which would also surely change the character of our other, Wilshire-adjacent neighborhoods. The Buzz would love to hear what our readers think about this process…and how far it could/should go.
Is Wilshire the key to solving LA’s housing issues? What are the trade-offs of preserving an older version of one of the city’s most historic boulevards vs. re-purposing it as one of the most future-oriented streets in the city? (Or is there a way to do some of both…and, if so, where should the lines be drawn?) What kind of voice can or should nearby residents have in this process?
This is going to be a long, ongoing conversation…which the Buzz would like to be part of. We’d like our readers to be part of it, too…and we welcome your thoughts in the comments below.