A People St Pedestrian Plaza creates accessible public open space by closing a portion of street to vehicular traffic. A colorful, patterned treatment is applied to the street surface; while large planters and other elements define the Plaza perimeter. The Community Partner maintains and operates the Plaza, providing movable tables and chairs, public programs, and ongoing neighborhood outreach. People Street Pedestrian Plazas must remain publicly accessible at all times.
“The Plaza Application contains step-by-step instructions for creating a Plaza in your neighborhood.”
The program materials above (available as a zip file) provide all the information you need to apply as a Community Partner to install a Plaza. Be sure to reference these materials while collecting the information needed to complete your application.
You’ve filled out all the draft worksheets and forms embedded in the Plaza Application Manual. You’ve also collected the application materials specified in the manual. Click below to submit your application the preferred way: through our online-application portal.
Online Application Form
Q: What are the benefits to a Plaza?
A: The People St Program aims to convert redundant or underused street space into people space. These iconic street-to-plaza conversion projects use simple elements like moveable tables, umbrellas and chairs; colorful, patterned surface treatments and plantings; and lively and entertaining programming to create more publicly accessible open space.
Q: Who can be a partner?
A: Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Community Benefit Districts (CBDs), non-profits and community organizations, and other organizations may apply to become People St Community Partners. Community Partners are responsible for the operation, management, and maintenance of the People Street Plaza. This also involves ongoing community outreach, organizing public programs, and retaining at least one million dollars in General Liability Insurance.
Q: What will the plaza look like?
A: At a minimum, the Plaza will be comprised of a colorful street surface, moveable tables, umbrellas and chairs and large planted barriers that delineate the perimeter of the plaza. Please see the Photo Gallery in the Current Projects for more images.
Q: Will reclaiming the street cause traffic congestion?
A: No. People St Plazas are constructed within underutilized roadways and create more capacity for people walking and bicycling.
Q: Can public art be installed in the plaza?
A: Yes, but only if it is temporary and easily movable.
Q: Can events be held in the Plaza?
A: Yes, public events can be held in the Plaza. These are either organized by the Community Partner, or hosted by other groups at the discretion of the Community Partner. Non-public events will be discussed by LADOT and the Community Partner on a case-by-case basis. At no time are private events permitted in the Plaza, which must remain publicly accessible at all times.
Q: Does LADOT offer grants to cover the Community Partner’s People St project’s capital costs?
A: LADOT does not offer grants to fund financial responsibilities of Community Partners for People St projects. Community Partners are encouraged to solicit grants, pro-bono assistance from design professionals, and materials sponsorships/ donations to offset project costs.
Q: Should a People St Applicant wait until their application is approved to apply for grants to fund their project’s costs?
A: Applicants are encouraged to secure or begin the process of securing funding for costs associated with the design of the proposed project prior to applying. After a project’s initial application is approved, more formal grant relationships can be solidified by the Community Partner and their grantor.
An evening of celebration for the People St program, Community Partners, Downtown community, and supporters.
The former President spoke to a crowd gathered for a political rally at Bradley Avenue People St Plaza.
People St will bring Parklets to Palms and South Park in Downtown LA soon.