People St Special Application Cycle

LADOT’s People St Program is excited to announce a special application cycle this winter for Parklets, Plazas, Bike Corrals, Intersection Murals, and Decorative Crosswalks in your neighborhood!

People St is an application-based program that builds partnerships between community groups and the City to transform LA streets into active, accessible places for people. In this cycle, we’re expanding our project types and making it easier than ever to apply. To ensure that every community in the city has a chance to build a People St project in their neighborhood, LADOT secured funding from Metro allowing us to provide technical design assistance and funding for materials and construction. In this application cycle, LADOT aims to build one project in every LA Council District (15 projects total).

Project Types include:
• Parklets (1-2 on-street parking spaces)
• Plazas (2,000+ ft of reclaimed street space)
• Bicycle Corrals (pending Metro approval)
• Intersection Murals (pending Metro approval)
• Decorative Crosswalks (pending Metro approval)

Are you interested in getting a project installed in your neighborhood? Your neighborhood council members, residents, business owners, and stakeholders are invited to learn more at one of our upcoming Community Workshops in December – we’ll explain the program, the funding opportunities, and the application process.

The application window opens on Dec 3rd, 2018, and initial applications must be submitted by Jan 22nd, 2019. For more information on project types click here.

Click here when you’re ready to apply.

November 9, 2018 Uncategorized Permalink

October Events at Sunset Triangle Plaza

Thursday, October 18th: The Silver Lake Picture Show celebrates the silent film history of Silver Lake with a free screening of THE ARTIST at the Sunset Triangle Plaza. A short film from a local filmmaker will be screened before the feature. Bring your own chairs and your own picnic!

Saturday, October 20th: Join the Silver Lake Improvement Association for a celebration of Music Box Steps Day at Laurel and Hardy Park, a short 10 minute walk from the Sunset Triangle Plaza. Music Box Steps Day is a family festival intended to enhance neighborhood pride and educate our youth about this historical jewel in their midst. There will be free food, live entertainment, a raffle, and screenings of the short film.  C.I.C.L.E will also be hosting a bike ride through Classic Hollywood, ending at the Music Box Steps.


October 12, 2018 Uncategorized Permalink

Meet Our New Parklet on York Blvd

People St is excited to announce the opening of a new Parklet in Highland Park. The Parklet is located at 5018 York Blvd, and was made possible by the hard work of our Community Partner, the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce.

York Blvd Parklet

(photo by Medgar Parrish)

This York Blvd Parklet is the second Parklet in the neighborhood – a pilot was installed on York near Ave 50 in 2013, but was retired in 2015.

York Blvd Parklet Before

5018 York Blvd: Before (photo by Medgar Parrish)

York Blvd Parklet

5018 York Blvd: After Parklet installation (photo by Medgar Parrish)

The new Parklet is located in front of The York, a bar and restaurant that has served the community since 2007. Along York Blvd, you’ll find many shops, restaurants and bars, and the Parklet is across the street from York Park.

York Blvd Parklet Before

5018 York Blvd: Before (photo by Medgar Parrish)

York Blvd Parklet

5018 York Blvd: After Parklet installation (photo by Medgar Parrish)

To bring the Parklet to life, the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce worked closely with Office of Councilmember José Huizar, Utopiad, and David Garcia. Thank you to everyone who supported the new York Parklet!

If you are interested in bringing a Parklet to your community, visit our Parklet page or email

May 14, 2018 -Parklets, News Permalink

2018 Plaza Webinar

Join us this Wednesday, March 14 from 10:00 – 11:00 am for a live webinar where we’ll fill you in on the details of applying for a People St plaza.

Click on the flyer to view the webinar.

March 9, 2018 Uncategorized Permalink

Spring 2018 Plaza Application window announced!

People St is pleased to announce that the 2018 application window for Plazas will open from Monday, April 2 through Thursday, May 31. Meanwhile, please attend one of our Public Information Seminars taking place throughout Los Angeles!

Click on the flyers below for more information.

February 15, 2018 -Plazas, News Permalink

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

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)


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)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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, 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.


If you are interested in bringing a Parklet to your community, visit our Parklet page or email

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.


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

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