One of the things I love about Valencia is how it accidentally became the best street in the city. It was a 4 lane highway with narrow sidewalks until 1999, yet commerce and culture still happened. 15 ft sidewalks with trees were not required. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not down on trees or outdoor seating, but I wonder if ditching the the grungy newspaper boxes and shitty sidewalks covered in stencil art will lead to more blight like this building. Valencia was always the little street that could. I cannot help but feel that city planners are over-engineering a great thing.