The block of Hope Street, between 11th and 12th in Downtown LA became site to the People St Block Party held on the evening of August 23rd. The National Planning Achievement Award for Best Practice bestowed to the People St program for the 2016 Excellence Awards was celebrated on this special city block: home of the Hope St Parklet. The American Planning Association Los Angeles Chapter and the South Park Business Improvement District generously hosted the exciting evening featuring bites and beverages by the Briks, DJ music, and the award presentation featuring Councilmember Jose Huizar, Director of City Planning Vince Bertoni and LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds. A special performance by the S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi Women’s African Drum Circle, from the Leimert Park Art Walk and Festival of Masks graced the celebration and put the crowd to dance and sing.
Hope Street block closed for the People St Block Party (Photo credit: LADOT)
Award Presentation: (Left to Right) APA-LA Bonnie Hulkower and Ashley Atkinson, LADOT People St Program Brian Oh and Valerie Watson, LA City Planning Director Vince Bertoni, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds and Councilmember Jose Huizar (Photo credit: APA-LA/ Stephen Payne)
The S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi Women’s African Drum Circle got the crowd dancing! (Photo credit: APA-LA/ Stephen Payne)
People St is pleased to announce the official opening of Motor Ave Parklets. These two sister Parklets are located on Motor Ave in the Palms, near National Boulevard and were made possible by the hard work of our Community Partner, the Motor Avenue Improvement Association (MAIA). From the inaugural 2014 application cycle, the Motor Avenue Parklets complete the installation of 3 Plazas and 3 Parklets initially approved to move forward when the People St program first began.
Ribbon-cutting on August 11, 2016, with LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds, Councilmember Paul Koretz, and Motor Avenue Improvement Association’s Lee Wallach
The Motor Ave Parklets are part of the MAIA Urban Garden’s “innovative partnership” goal: making strides to address sustainable food production and access. These Parklets, along with the Motor Ave Farmers Market, School Gardens Program, and Community Garden Network “promote the health, synergy, and self-reliance of local community.” Various vegetables, fruits and kitchen herbs are grown in the Parklet planters, such as mint, peppers, cucumbers, strawberries and tomatoes. The 3370 Parklet is also located along the frontage of a vacant lot that MAIA worked with the local neighborhood to repurpose as an urban garden.
3370 Motor Ave Parklet is next to a vacant lot now repurposed as an urban garden
The design of the 3370 Motor Parklet is based in the People St Kit of Parts “The Diagonal” model, with a triangular seat shape that also offers a generous space for planting. The 3272 Motor Parklet is a smaller version of “The Diagonal” with an inverted triangle seat shape. Both Parklets are made from wood and site on a diagonal patterned wood deck that rests on a steel frame.
Construction in early 2016, with in-kind construction services from Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company
These sister Parklets are located just a few minutes’ walk from the Metro Expo Line (Palms Stop). Part of a People St project is the iconic identity signage and wayfinding map to orient visitors to local points of interests. Along Motor Avenue, you’ll find shops and cafes, as well as the Motor Ave Community Garden and a bike lane connecting to the surrounding neighborhoods.
3272 Motor Ave Parklet is a few minutes’ walk from the Metro Expo Line
MAIA partnered with various small business and private groups for facilitation and assistance in procurement of materials, in-kind design and construction services. These groups included Utopiad.org, Berry & Linne, JMB Realty Corporation and Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company as well as local small businesses Frost/Chaddock Developers, LLC/MLofts and Waters Auto Body. Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, Transportation Committee Chair Councilmember Mike Bonin and the office of Councilmember Paul Koretz also provided support for these Parklets. By leveraging these donations, MAIA was able to significantly reduce the total cost of bringing these Parklets to life.
People St Plazas host a wide range of community activities, from exercise classes to civic gatherings. The former President spoke to a crowd gathered for a political rally from the back of a pick-up truck parked at the alley end of the Plaza.
Queue the applause. Your favorite program for creating active and vibrant pedestrian-oriented spaces in the City of Los Angeles has just won a National Planning Achievement Award for Best Practice!
Each year, the American Planning Association (APA) recognizes outstanding efforts in planning and planning leadership across the country at their National Planning Conference, hosted this week in Phoenix, Arizona!
The 2016 Achievement Award for Best Practice recognizes planning programs, tools, and processes that emphasize results and demonstrate how innovative and state-of-the-art planning methods and practices help to create communities of lasting value. Here at LADOT, that’s everything we strive to accomplish through the People St Program. By facilitating public-private partnerships with business improvement districts (BID), community-based organizations, and local businesses, People St empowers communities to transform underutilized areas of city streets to create more pedestrian-centered activity.
LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds says, “We are so proud to have been selected for this prestigious award from APA. From the City staff and consultants who worked tirelessly to create this innovative program, to our community partners who rally their expertise and resources to partner with the City to bring the projects to life, People St is a collective and collaborative effort. This recognition is a testament to the power of working hand-in-hand with communities to unlock the potential of their streets.”
Past recipients of this award include: Philadelphia’s case study on a data-driven placemaking project, The Porch (2015), Berkeley’s Downtown Area Project (2014), UCLA Complete Streets Initiative’s Parklet Toolkit (2014), and Los Angeles County’s Model Design Manual (2013). For more information on the 2016 National Planning Awards and a full list of both Excellence and Achievement Award Recipients, click here.
Thank you to all of our Community Partners, for without you, this award would not have been possible. People St isn’t going anywhere and we’re going to keep the projects coming! Stay tuned for a sneak peek at our 2016 plazas, parklets, and bicycle corrals.
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:
Click on the links below to download PDF files of the individual project reports:
Project locations can also be viewed on the interactive map found on the Current Projects page of this website.
People St is excited to kick off the new year with the installation and official opening of Hope St Parklet in the South Park neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles. The new Parklet is located at the southwest corner of Hope and 11th Street, just a few blocks south of STAPLES Center, L.A. Live, and the Metro Pico Station. This is the first parklet to be constructed within the framework of the People St program, which hosted its first application cycle in Spring 2014.
As a part of South Park’s Walkability Project, Hope St Parklet serves as a catalyst for future investment in pedestrian and bicycle amenities for the South Park community. The Parklet replaces two parking spaces, providing 288 square feet of new public green space complete with planters and seating for people to meet, talk, and enjoy the neighborhood. The parklet design is based in the People St Kit of Parts model, The Steps, which provides space for 2-3 tables and chairs and is flanked with built-in terraced benches and planters. The combination and configuration of movable and permanent seating encourages flexibility in uses.
Hope St parklet signage panel shows a person-oriented wayfinding with 10 minute radius
Like other People St projects, identity and wayfinding signage at Hope St Parklet orient visitors to local destinations that are within walking and biking distance to the site. A quick look at the map shows that Metro Blue and Expo Lines are only a five-minute walk away. Raising awareness of walkable destinations, transit, and bikeways encourages people to explore the neighborhood, creating a dedicated resting place along the way.
Councilmember Huizar, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds, and South Park BID Executive Director Jessica Lall host parklet ribbon cutting ceremony
As the Community Partner for this project, South Park Business Improvement District (BID) is responsible for the management and ongoing maintenance of the Parklet. Funds for parklet materials, design, and labor were largely donated by members of the South Park community, including SODA Architects, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Mack Urban, Benchmark + Tishman Construction, A Joint Venture, Swinerton Builders, Trumark Urban, Hazens Group, USA, ValleyCrest Landscape Development, Harry H. Joh Construction, ABC Resources, Tinco Sheet Metal, Helix Electric. By leveraging donations and community good will, South Park BID managed to construct the parklet for less than $10,000.
Hope St Parklet is one of three parklets approved in the inaugural People St application cycle, along with People St Plazas in North Hollywood, Leimert Park, and Pacoima. Because the People St program is a public-private partnership, LADOT has provided technical assistance, project support, and the wayfinding signage. To date, the People St program has created a total of 30,600 square feet of Plaza space, a total of 1,540 square feet of Parklet space, and 1,500 square feet of Bicycle Corral space. The addition of Hope St Parklet adds to over 33,640 square feet of people-oriented green space in the City of Los Angeles – that’s 3/4 of an acre, nearly the size of the Taj Mahal! By reallocating vehicular right of way to people uses, we give new life to our public realm.
Can’t get enough parklets? There are two more parklets located on Motor Avenue in Palms that will complete installation in the coming month, so stay tuned! For more information about the People St program, visit our website, peoplest.lacity.org
Last year, the People St program opened its first ever application cycle re-purposed road space in Pacoima and Leimert Park for two new Plazas and will bring Parklets to Palms and South Park in Downtown LA soon. LADOT’s award-winning People St Program will open its second application cycle and begin accepting proposals for Plazas, Parklets, and Bicycle Corrals from potential partners starting November 1st! Community Partners will have 45 calendar days or until December 15th to submit their applications for all People St projects.
Before you start gathering your neighbors and friends to help you put together a proposal, here are a few things you should know about this year’s People St application cycle:
Now that you are up to speed on the changes we’ve made and are interested in applying for a project in your neighborhood, start now! All Plazas, Parklets, and Bicycle Corrals application materials and information you need can be found at our one stop shop: peoplest.lacity.org. If you have additional questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait to form new partnerships and work with our Community Partners to bring their project ideas to life!
New Online Map
Under the new “Current Projects” [link] page, you will now see an online map showing the location of existing and approved (future) People St Plaza and Parklet projects — all together in one place! Clicking on the blue (current) and green (future) icons brings up another box with information on each individual People St project. As you zoom in to the map, more and more data is revealed.
The maps display several additional layers of information that can be clicked “on” and “off” under the “Layers” tab of the online map. For example, layers show where there are currently bicycle facilities,
Folks, hold on to your desk chairs and laptops… you have a front row view of how People St Plazas and Parklets fit into the overall mobility network of Los Angeles, now and into the future!
People St Plazas and Parklets help communities achieve “Phase One” projects that quickly and cost-effectively demonstrate the benefits of investing in the public realm. As these projects start to spring up in many corners of our dynamic City, seeing how they fit into the evolving mobility story in LA offers critical insight into the intent and purpose of these “temporary” projects — they can catalyze bigger conversations about urban design in your neighborhood and help spark future improvements for people walking, bicycling, and taking transit.
Also, the map can be used as a tool to identify opportunity areas in your neighborhood with existing or planned infrastructure that might benefit from a People St project’s power of demonstration. (Pro tip: As you drill down to particular sites make sure to reference the site location criteria in the Application Manuals that determine if a proposed location is feasible.)
(Image: People St projects springing up all over Los Angeles)
We’ve also taken some time to reorganize the content of the website and do some housecleaning to update some of the FAQs on the Plaza and Parklet pages based on feedback since our initial program launch back in early 2014. In the website’s overall menu, you will now find everything you need to know about how to apply for a Plaza or Parklet under the “Apply for Project” [link] tab. As described above, the “Current Projects” [link] tab houses the new online map and individual project pages for each People St Plaza and Parklet.
We can’t help but notice on Instagram when People St is a backdrop for your beautiful days in LA. This month, we feature some select images from Sunset Triangle Plaza in Silver Lake. From sketch books and coffee to break dancing and piano playing, you’re helping us and our partners demonstrate the awesomeness of our largest public space asset – our streets – as places for people to enjoy.
If you have a particularly lovely photograph or experience at a People St Plaza or Parklet, make sure to tag the location and #PeopleSt on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – we may feature your little slice of life on our website in a future post!
Keep it up with all of the #PeopleSt love!
People St is excited to announce the installation and official opening of one of three People St Plazas approved under the inaugural application cycle for the program!
NoHo Plaza is located in an underutilized alley west of Lankershim Boulevard and north of Magnolia Boulevard in the heart of the North Hollywood Arts District.
This portion of alley has been repurposed as a public plaza space with tables, chairs, and umbrellas for people to enjoy. This cafe-style seating will allow NoHo Plaza the flexibility to become a destination for cultural activities, as well as a place for people to gather or relax on a day-to-day basis. A colorful surface treatment and perimeter planters define the Plaza bounds. People-scale identity and wayfinding signs feature a map with local destinations all within walking or bicycling distance of the site, such as the North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station.
NoHo Plaza is managed and maintained by the NoHo BID, who applied under the People St program and was selected to partner with LADOT. Leveraging their ongoing operational budget and other funds, NoHo BID is responsible for initial purchase of all Plaza furnishings as well as ongoing maintenance and Plaza programming. NoHo BID will work with an array of community organizations to host public activities and events at the Plaza. For more information on future happenings and a calendar of events, visit nohobid.com.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for announcements around the People St Plazas in Leimert Park Village and Pacoima!