I have read in the Burbank Leader that the beautification of Olive Avenue is being considered (“Funds repurposed for Olive Avenue,” Aug. 1). I think that’s unnecessary and could even be detrimental.
We can look at Burbank Boulevard as proof. The street is wide and straight, with a lot of commercial, mostly nonretail-type businesses. It is not a street with much, if any, pedestrian traffic.
A few years ago, the decision was made to pretty it up, hoping to encourage more people to shop there, a la Magnolia Park. Trees were removed and replaced with others, steel benches were installed on the sidewalks and vegetation-filled concrete medians were placed at numerous places in its center lane.