Eli Broad has suggested that once its big makeover is complete, Grand Avenue will be comparable to the Champs-Elysees. That’s bunk. But it may look a little like Sesame Street, and that’s terrific.
The children’s public television program -- which, in the words of a recent study by a University of New Hampshire scholar, has "strived to exemplify and create an egalitarian and more tolerant community" -- has had a tough time being replicated in the real world. This is especially true in L.A., which is highly balkanized along racial and class lines.