Los Angeles Times

Corridor plan is looking beautiful

Most people who drive through the San Fernando Boulevard corridor probably never stop, and why would they? The area doesn't exactly scream “Take a stroll and enjoy.”

That could change — albeit two decades from now, or more — after the City Council this week approved a conceptual master plan for the zone that would green the corridor with more trees, install more pedestrian- and bike-friendly amenities and force developers to revamp their buildings to be more aesthetically pleasing.

The proposal came after neighborhood outreach and a desire by city planners to look ahead to what Burbank might become over the next quarter-century. We like what we see.

Getting the blueprint into place now for a 25-year vision also provides a sense of certainty for residents considering the area, as well as developers. As Principal Planner Patrick Prescott told the council on Tuesday: “When developers come to us, we can say, ‘This is what the community wants to see here.'”

Nothing wrong with having eyes wide open.

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