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This Neighborhood Had A Plan For Safer Streets And Social Distancing. Why Did LA Hit The Brakes?

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A family walks wearing masks in downtown Los Angeles on March 22, 2020, during the coronavirus outbreak. (Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images)
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Fleeing the confines of your home for some fresh air and exercise is one of the few collective joys we have right now. But trying to navigate narrow Los Angeles sidewalks as all your neighbors stroll, bike, jog and walk their dogs — while still trying to follow social distancing guidelines — can present a challenge.

That's why some Angelenos want the city to rethink how public streets and sidewalks can best serve their needs in the age of coronavirus.

A growing number of U.S. cities, including New York City, Portland and Oakland, have launched their own plans to limit vehicle traffic, reduce car speeds and promote more space for residents to safely walk, bike and play in their neighborhoods.

But a grassroots effort to launch a similar program on the Westside as a model that other L.A. neighborhoods could adopt has been put on hold.

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