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'Great Streets' in L.A.: a work in progress
'Great Streets' in L.A.: a work in progress

To the editor: Perhaps the most successful Great Streets program to date is in Washington. In 2006, I served on an Urban Land Institute panel that helped the nation's capital implement its Great Streets program. ("Mayor sets out to transform L.A. streets through 'urban acupuncture'," July 26) Washington's Great Streets program serves as the template for the Los Angeles initiative. However, the former's program is much more ambitious than ours. When then-Mayor Anthony Williams announced the Washington program in 2005, it was seen as a seven-boulevard, $100-million public-private initiative. The program has since expanded to 15 boulevards and $200...