Each year, LADOT opens an application window, a time during which Community Partners can work on and submit an initial project proposal.
Lessons learned from the pilot projects already on the ground can help with understanding how a People St project might work in your neighborhood. Information on the location of installed pilot projects are on the Plaza and Parklet pages of this website. Consider taking a group of interested potential project partners on a People St Pilot Project tour, perhaps by bike, transit, or carpooling. Fun photos of the pilot projects can be downloaded for your use in flyers or presentations over at the People St Flickr page. A study of the Spring Street Parklets, comparing a variety of physical, economic and social measures before and after installation, can be downloaded here. Other studies on People St pilot projects are also profiled on the News page of this website. Information on the location of installed projects are located on the project map.
Potential Community Partners can start thinking about locations in their neighborhoods where People St project types—Plaza or Parklet—may enhance the vitality of the street.
The Parklet and Plaza Application Manuals outline safety and design considerations required by the City of Los Angeles for determining if a potential site is appropriate and allowable for a People St project. Please refer to the LADOT Bike Program webpage on Bike Corrals. If you have questions relating to site location, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Depending on the project type desired, prospective Community Partners may wish to get an early start with generating funds for project materials and long-term maintenance. Community Partners are encouraged to seek the guidance and assistance of qualified design professionals with project development. Projects can be funded through a combination of capital investment from Community Partners themselves, grant opportunities, materials donations from product manufacturers, or in-kind donations of time and expertise. A great place to start is by contacting your local Council Office for ideas or by studying up on the People St projects already implemented. Information on partners involved in projects already on the ground can be found by clicking on the blue icons on the maps that identify existing project locations on the Plaza, Parklet, and Bicycle Corral pages of this website. These partners are also listed here.
In addition to thinking about possible project locations, potential People St applicants—or Community Partners—should start developing relationships with key stakeholders and project participants. Contacting your local Council District office and Neighborhood Council are great ways to start building a coalition of support. If you are confident that your site meets the above location criteria, reaching out to the adjacent property owners, business operators, and residents to familiarize them with the project type will help get the ball rolling and ensure future success.
People St is here to answer any questions you may have. If you want to inquire more about launching a People St project at a desired location, or have questions about the above site location criteria, email us at email@example.com.