Spring 2017 People St Application is now open!

LADOT is pleased to announce that the Department has launched the People St application window as of Thursday, April 13. While Plaza applications will be due no later than May 30th, we will be accepting applications for Bike Corrals and Parklets on a rolling basis! Show us your best ideas for bringing your community together through public space projects!

Please direct inquiries to peoplest@lacity.org


April 13, 2017 Uncategorized Permalink

People St Award Celebrated, Block Party in Downtown

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.

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Hope Street block closed for the People St Block Party (Photo credit: LADOT)

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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)

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The S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi Women’s African Drum Circle got the crowd dancing! (Photo credit: APA-LA/ Stephen Payne)


August 25, 2016 -Parklets, -Plazas, News Permalink

Motor Ave Parklets Open, Bringing Urban Gardens to the Streets

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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If you are interested in bringing a Parklet to your community, visit our Parklet page or email peoplest@lacity.org.


August 17, 2016 -Parklets, News Permalink

Former President visits Bradley Avenue People St Plaza

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.

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June 14, 2016 -Plazas, News Permalink

Hats off to People St!

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.


April 6, 2016 News Permalink

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

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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 Permalink

Happy Parklet Day! Hope St Parklet comes to life in South Park

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 CenterL.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 ProjectHope 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.

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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.

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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.

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With a full crew, the parklet was constructed in just over a day

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 or email peoplest@lacity.org.

 


January 15, 2016 -Parklets, News Permalink

People St Application Window Opening November 1st with Small Changes

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.

Ballet folklorico at July 30th Ribbon Cutting at Bradley Ave Plaza in Pacoima.

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:

  • Apply for a Bicycle Corral: Instead of a on rolling basis, Bicycle Corrals are now integrated into the application-based process along with Plazas and Parklets! All applications for People St projects will be accepted during the application window period. This helps us prioritize Plazas, Parklets, and Bicycle Corrals all at once and lets us foster better communication between Community Partner applicants.
  • Updated Application Materials: As the People St program continues to grow, we would like to streamline the application process and make applying easier for Community Partners. We’ve made revisions and updates to our application manuals incorporating new information to better guide Community Partners!
  • Kit of Parts for Plazas Went on a Diet: Information from the previous ‘Kit of Parts for Plazas Technical Appendix’ has now been incorporated into the ‘Kit of Parts for Plazas’. Now, Community Partners can refer to the ‘Kit of Parts for Plazas‘ exclusively for information on needed furnishings and programming to construct and activate a Plaza!

  • Keep your Neighborhood Council in the loop: Community Partners are now required to present their proposed People St project to their neighborhood during one of their local Neighborhood Council’s monthly meetings. For a People St project application to be considered complete, a copy of the Neighborhood Council meeting’s agenda or official minutes must be included as proof of presentation.
People St 2015 Application Cycle Timeline.

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 peoplest@lacity.org.

We can’t wait to form new partnerships and work with our Community Partners to bring their project ideas to life!


October 14, 2015 -Parklets, -Plazas, News Permalink

New Features for People St Website

As 2015 was off to a wonderful start with the installation of three People St Plazas, we at LADOT were busy adding some exciting new features to the People St website! We also did a little housecleaning and reorganized the structure of the website’s pages.

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, Metro Rail and Rapid lines, and other active transportation infrastructure serving folks as they move about town. We locate the 15 inaugural Great Streets under Mayor Garcetti’s initiative. Looking to the future of mobility, we include several layers relating to the City’s Mobility Plan 2035, awaiting final approvals and adoption later this year.

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.)

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(Image: People St projects springing up all over Los Angeles)

Website Organization
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.

City of LA Navigation Bar
In related news, you will also see a new City of Los Angeles navigation bar at the top of each and every page of the People St website. This is a new universal element for all City of Los Angeles websites that contains handy, well-organized links to 311 and all of the different online resources for City departments, programs, and services. Whether you are a resident, business operator, visitor, or someone interested in working for the City of LA, the new navigation bar should point you in the right direction.

In keeping with our City’s emphasis on open data, we encourage you to explore the website updates and features and let us know what you think at peoplest@lacity.org!

 


April 7, 2015 News Permalink

People St Instagram Love: Sunset Triangle Plaza

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!

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April 5, 2015 -Parklets, -Plazas, News Permalink

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