Living Streets LA is excited to be partnering with Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar on the York Living Streets project. Our team will be working with the community to create an action plan and to build small-scale living streets projects–such as streetside mini-plazas, bike features, pedestrian landscaping, neighborhood art and more. The focus will be York Boulevard from Avenue 50 through Avenue 56, though some projects and ideas may reach nearby areas as well.
While finalizing all the preparations for the project, we’ve worked with the council office to introduce the project through two community meetings, an initial street analysis walk and a design discussion. For an article about one of the workshops, read this article at 90042 blog.
We had planned to do two more community workshops in November; however, due to administrative delays, we must move these meeting to the new year. We now plan to do our first full-fledged design workshop in early January. Our apologies for the delay. We too are eager to get started. In the meantime, we’d like to hear your ideas! If you have thoughts on what you’d like to see for the future of York Boulevard, please comment below. Give us ideas big and small!
Take a gander at this Streetfilm documenting a very cool project from England that has a lot in common with what the Living Streets Campaign is starting to do in Los Angeles. The project has a great deal of local community input on how streets are designed, and comes up with great solutions for making things safer for walking and bicycling!
Their campaign is called “Do-It-Yourself Streets” and here’s what Streetfilms says about them:
Called “DIY Streets,” the program brings neighbors together to help them redesign their streets in a way that puts people, safety, and streetlife first. So far, individual streets have benefited from DIY redesigns in 11 communities in England and Wales. Recently Streetfilms got a walk through of one successful DIY project — on Clapton Terrace in London. With the people who made it happen as our guides, we saw how planners and neighbors collaborated to transform a place where speeding used to rule into a local street with calm traffic and safe space to socialize.
For more information on their project and other great stuff from the same peoples, check out the SusTrans website. Thanks to the great folks at Streetfilms for covering this – they’re an invaluable source for excellent coverage of all kinds of Living Streets issues!