After conducting in-depth reviews of each department head, building his staff, and filling out the city's commissions (albeit with many friends, former staffers, and donors), Mayor Eric Garcetti is beginning to move forward with some of his meatier campaign promises. Earlier in the week, he unveiled the "work-in-progress" website for measuring City Hall's performance. Yesterday, he introduced his first executive directive - to launch a "Great Streets Initiative" - to an audience at the ULI's Transit Oriented Los Angeles conference, reports Damien Newton.
According to Executive Directive No. 1, the purpose of the program is to "focus on developing Great Streets that activate the public realm, provide economic revitalization, and support great neighborhoods."
“Today, I issued my first Executive Directive – establishing the City of Los Angeles ‘Great Streets’ program – creating jobs and making city government work better," said Garcetti. "We are taking another big step towards a fundamental change in how we perceive, interact, and build around us. A great neighborhood needs a great street as its backbone, and, as city leaders, we need the backbone to make the bold changes necessary to build great streets."