KPCC had a long interview with Jose Huizar about this project called Bringing Back Broadway. The centerpiece is a streetcar, but, the real goal is to drive “economic development” and “revitalize” Broadway.
Around halfway through the interview, Huizar said something that’s kind of surprising. “The property owners are recognizing that some of the shoppers that come there now, mostly Latino immigrant shoppers, are looking elsewhere to do the type of shopping that they are doing now. They’re going to Huntington Park [and other local areas].” KPCC has been pumping this clip on the air a lot.
Is that true? Are Latinos abandoning the Broadway stores? It sounded to me like he was providing a rationale, and signal, to discriminate against existing businesses. One caller later in the show complained about the electronics and wholesale stores — so it sounded like there were still customers that she didn’t like shopping Downtown.
They’re looking for lots of funding, but they want to take some of that Measure R money. That cash was supposed to help transit, not to make a “streetcar” tourist attraction to help boost the property values on Broadway.
I don’t trust what’s going on. What do you think?