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)