Inaugural People St Plaza and Parklet Pre-Installation Existing Conditions Reports now available!

We are proud to share the Pre-Installation Existing Conditions Reports for the six Plaza and Parklet projects approved for installation during the inaugural 2014 application cycle of the official People St program. By tracking trends over time using an established pre- and post-installation evaluation methodology, People St aims to illuminate how new public spaces facilitated by the program can impact the life of the street, evaluate project success, and inform future program direction.

These Pre-Installation Existing Conditions Reports are the first step in the process, offering an in-depth look at livability, safety, and economic prosperity prior to the installation of the Plaza and Parklet projects. Primary and secondary data were collected starting in September 2014. Corresponding post-installation studies will be conducted in 2016 for Plazas and 2017 for Parklets to compare the existing conditions reported in these documents with those observed after the projects have been in place for at least a year. The purpose of the evaluation is not to find a direct causal effect from the projects, but rather to demonstrate how the project may contribute to changes across a variety of indicators, recognizing there are additional factors and fluctuations that may contribute to conditions at these sites.

By looking at the array of existing conditions data, some interesting findings emerge:

  • Mode of arrival: The comparison of merchant perceptions of how their customers arrived to the sites reveals inconsistencies with responses from people who participated in the pedestrian intercept surveys–people actually visiting the site. We are interested to see if this gap shifts after post-installation data is collected.
  • Presence of women is an indicator of the quality and perceived safety of the public realm; differenced in weekday and weekend activity levels for women across the project sites were noticed. We will be interested to see if there is an increase in the presence of women throughout the week post-installation.
  • Severe and fatal collisions: Disparities between the percentage of total collisions (all severity) and percentage of collisions resulting in death or severe injury for people walking are shown. Similar to initial data analysis citywide for Vision Zero, collisions involving people walking at every site make up a disproportionately large percentage of the fatal and severe collisions as compared to other modes. Although people walking make up a small percentage of the total collision incidence (all severity), they make up a large portion of those killed or severely injured.
  • Daily visit frequency: Across all sites, people interviewed in the intercept surveys reported high responses of “daily” to the “how often to you visit this area?” question. In no instance did the “daily” response make up less than half of survey responses. This shows that People St sites are serving not just occasional visitors or shoppers, but often people who may live and/or work in the area, or rely on trips to the site for daily needs.
  • Safety and cleanliness: Survey respondents reported generally favorable perceptions of safety and cleanliness in the People St neighborhoods, which span many different communities across the City, from a dense, urban core and commercial corridor to a historic district and residential neighborhood.
  • Things to watch: The amount of stationary activity in Leimert Park Village Plaza area was considerably higher than other sites (possibly attributable to the adjacent park). A dearth of stationary activity in Bradley Ave Plaza area was recorded. Will both sites see significant increases after project?

Click on the links below to download PDF files of the individual project reports:

Leimert Park Plaza – South Los Angeles

Bradley Avenue Plaza – Pacoima

NoHo Plaza – North Hollywood

Hope Street Parklet – Downtown Los Angeles

3272 Motor Avenue Parklet – Palms

3340 Motor Avenue Parklet – Palms

Project locations can also be viewed on the interactive map found on the Current Projects page of this website.

January 30, 2016 News, Studies and Research

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