City Initiative Embraces Bottom-Up Placemaking in L.A.

The same week that the City of L.A. made a big splash with its "Great Streets Initiative", a new program that has the potential to have a sizable impact on city streets went less noticed. Damien Newton reports on the city's "People St" program.
October 16, 2013, 10am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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With recent pedestrian-friendly insertions as inspiration, the City of Los Angeles has announced the launch of People St, "a program that will allow residents, business owners and non-profits to ask for and plan projects that convert portions of the street to bike corrals, parklets or plazas," writes Damien Newton.

“People St represents one of the many tools in our Great Streets toolbox as we work to change the way Angelenos interact with the built environment, while using existing government resources to make City Hall work better for our residents and businesses,” writes Mayor Eric Garcetti in an open letter on the webpage. “Fundamental to People St is its bottom-up, community-based approach. I am proud of our city’s transportation and planning experts, but no one knows more about our neighborhoods than you.”

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Published on Monday, October 14, 2013 in LA.Streetsblog
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