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North Broadway Corridor TAP

ULI Los Angeles is pleased to announce the publication of its Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) report for the North Broadway Corridor, a culturally rich commercial hub located in the heart of the Lincoln Heights neighborhood. The source of Lincoln Height’s charm stems from the active public life of a multi-generational community. The entrepreneurialism of the residents and business owners who live and work in Lincoln Heights matches a communitarian spirit that makes Lincoln Heights entirely unique in the City of Los Angeles. While Lincoln Heights is a gem, it’s not entirely hidden. Rapid development in downtown Los Angeles has spread north and east, to neighborhoods like Chinatown and Boyle Heights. Concerns about gentrification and displacement of the existing community have followed new housing developments and large public investments, like along the Los Angeles River.

Ongoing investments in the Metro light rail system and technological advancements with app-based personal transportation are changing the mobility equation for Lincoln Heights residents, allowing new ways to explore and enjoy the neighborhood and access to more of the region’s jobs and destinations. Lincoln Heights is located on the doorstep of one of the fastest growing industries in the region. Nearby, major regional employers like the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and the USC Health Sciences campus are expanding quickly, providing employment opportunities across a wide spectrum of career and income levels. There are also plans for a biotech corridor along Valley Boulevard nearby.

Under the guidance of the Los Angeles Local Development Corporation and the Lincoln Heights Leadership Group, ULI Los Angeles was asked the undertake a TAP that would synthesize the underlying challenges and opportunities arising in the corridor as redevelopment investments are proposed along the North Broadway Corridor. The TAP was specifically challenged to propose solutions that would spur health and wealth in the corridor without displacing the existing community.

Over the course of its two-day session, the TAP Panelists had the privilege to speak with numerous community stakeholders and local officials to get a clearer understanding of what the Lincoln Heights residents desired for the future of the corridor and the surrounding neighborhood. Much of what the panelists heard during that engagement contributed to the findings and recommendations of this report. Among their recommendations:

  • Land use and zoning changes that would amend the cornfield Arroyo specific Plan (CASP), the Lincoln Heights Preservation Overlay Zone, and the existing “Q conditions” that limit development along North Broadway
  • Housing options that offer its children and grandchildren opportunities to enter the middle class, and to remain members of the community in which they were raised
  • A series of urban design improvements in the public realm to enhance North Broadway’s existing strengths as a thriving pedestrian and commercial corridor
  • Improved first and last mile connections to employment centers and the Lincoln/Cypress station on the Metro Gold Line as well as integrating new ride-hailing and ride-sharing technologies into existing transit infrastructure
  • An approach to branding and community engagement campaigns that will attract and retain the right kind of local investors and earn the buy-in of local residents and business owners
  • A strategic and incremental approach to achieving this ambitious vision for the North Broadway corridor, and the Lincoln Heights community

The Lincoln Heights community is already strong enough to express and pursue its vision for the future. There shouldn’t be any delay in beginning to implement that vision. It’s time for the Lincoln Heights community to envision and shape its own change and move to New heights.

ULI LA would like to thank the incredible staff at St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles for providing us with their facilities to conduct this TAP Report

The North Broadway Corridor TAP report is a product of ULI’s Technical AsNorth Broadway Corridor TAP Assistance Panel program, which provides expert recommendations on specific land use issues to local governments, institutions and non-profit organizations. For more information on this program please contact us.

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