Boyle Heights

CicLAvia is coming to Boyle Heights on 10/10/10

We are excited that CicLAvia has chosen to include portions of East 4th Street in Boyle Heights as part of its route.  We look forward to collaborating with CicLAvia to demonstrate some people friendly uses of the street on October 10.

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Boyle Heights Living Streets Initiative

Funded by a RENEW grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Boyle Heights Living Streets Initiative will increase people’s ability to safely and pleasantly cycle and walk in Boyle Heights by implementing three prototype Living Streets near the Mariachi Plaza and Soto Metro Gold Line light rail stations. Currently, the City of Los Angeles’ standard street improvement projects do not give any special consideration to cyclists and pedestrians. This initiative will take advantage of the opportunity afforded by approximately $25 million allocated through various grants and funding programs to design and install street improvements near these Gold Line stations according to Living Streets principles.

Green LA Coalition and its Living Streets LA subcommittee are partnering with CRA/LA, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and East LA Community Corporation (ELACC) to lay the groundwork for three prototype Living Streets designed with strong community participation. The initiative will additionally develop a Blueprint document and pass necessary policies so that Living Streets can be replicated throughout the city. An inter-agency task force and community stakeholder task force will be created.  ELACC has a strong community organizing presence in Boyle Heights which will be key to cultivating participation from local stakeholders.

This is an opportunity to develop thoughtful, cohesive, and place-appropriate principles and designs for the neighborhood’s already lively streets.  Scheduled to begin in June 2010, following are summaries of the key project outcomes:

  • Development of three Prototypes for streetscape improvement programs incorporating Living Streets elements.  The three prototypes will be developed within a two-year timeframe for three different street typologies, including local residential, residential thoroughfare, and commercial corridor.  Schematic drawings will visually represent the three Living Streets Prototypes, and will be drafted in accordance with City guidelines.
  • A Blueprint documenting the various challenges and institutional barriers associated with implementing Living Streets as the team seeks approvals for the prototypes.  The Blueprint will highlight strategies to overcome such challenges and the solutions that were developed by the initiative.  Ultimately, the blueprint is meant to be a resource for use by other neighborhoods attempting to implement Living Streets in the future.
  • A Policy containing vision statements and principles for all six streets included in the entire Boyle Heights community area that is slated for the $25 million reinvestment.  Policy language will be created that addresses the systematic barriers that are obstacles to Living Streets development in the City of Los Angeles.  The Policy is different than the Blueprint in that it is more overarching and is a framework for development.  It will represent a shift in priorities for the City of Los Angeles from being auto-centric to supporting Living Streets.  Ideally, the Policy will be incorporated as part of the Community Plan process for Boyle Heights, and depending on timing, the initiative team may be able to add Living Streets Policy language to the Community Plan.

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