Inaugural People St Plaza and Parklet Pre-Installation Existing Conditions Reports now available!

We are proud to share the Pre-Installation Existing Conditions Reports for the six Plaza and Parklet projects approved for installation during the inaugural 2014 application cycle of the official People St program. By tracking trends over time using an established pre- and post-installation evaluation methodology, People St aims to illuminate how new public spaces facilitated by the program can impact the life of the street, evaluate project success, and inform future program direction.

These Pre-Installation Existing Conditions Reports are the first step in the process, offering an in-depth look at livability, safety, and economic prosperity prior to the installation of the Plaza and Parklet projects. Primary and secondary data were collected starting in September 2014. Corresponding post-installation studies will be conducted in 2016 for Plazas and 2017 for Parklets to compare the existing conditions reported in these documents with those observed after the projects have been in place for at least a year. The purpose of the evaluation is not to find a direct causal effect from the projects, but rather to demonstrate how the project may contribute to changes across a variety of indicators, recognizing there are additional factors and fluctuations that may contribute to conditions at these sites.

By looking at the array of existing conditions data, some interesting findings emerge:

  • Mode of arrival: The comparison of merchant perceptions of how their customers arrived to the sites reveals inconsistencies with responses from people who participated in the pedestrian intercept surveys–people actually visiting the site. We are interested to see if this gap shifts after post-installation data is collected.
  • Presence of women is an indicator of the quality and perceived safety of the public realm; differenced in weekday and weekend activity levels for women across the project sites were noticed. We will be interested to see if there is an increase in the presence of women throughout the week post-installation.
  • Severe and fatal collisions: Disparities between the percentage of total collisions (all severity) and percentage of collisions resulting in death or severe injury for people walking are shown. Similar to initial data analysis citywide for Vision Zero, collisions involving people walking at every site make up a disproportionately large percentage of the fatal and severe collisions as compared to other modes. Although people walking make up a small percentage of the total collision incidence (all severity), they make up a large portion of those killed or severely injured.
  • Daily visit frequency: Across all sites, people interviewed in the intercept surveys reported high responses of “daily” to the “how often to you visit this area?” question. In no instance did the “daily” response make up less than half of survey responses. This shows that People St sites are serving not just occasional visitors or shoppers, but often people who may live and/or work in the area, or rely on trips to the site for daily needs.
  • Safety and cleanliness: Survey respondents reported generally favorable perceptions of safety and cleanliness in the People St neighborhoods, which span many different communities across the City, from a dense, urban core and commercial corridor to a historic district and residential neighborhood.
  • Things to watch: The amount of stationary activity in Leimert Park Village Plaza area was considerably higher than other sites (possibly attributable to the adjacent park). A dearth of stationary activity in Bradley Ave Plaza area was recorded. Will both sites see significant increases after project?

Click on the links below to download PDF files of the individual project reports:

Leimert Park Plaza – South Los Angeles

Bradley Avenue Plaza – Pacoima

NoHo Plaza – North Hollywood

Hope Street Parklet – Downtown Los Angeles

3272 Motor Avenue Parklet – Palms

3340 Motor Avenue Parklet – Palms

Project locations can also be viewed on the interactive map found on the Current Projects page of this website.


January 30, 2016 News, Studies and Research Permalink

Happy Parklet Day! Hope St Parklet comes to life in South Park

People St is excited to kick off the new year with the installation and official opening of Hope St Parklet in the South Park neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles. The new Parklet is located at the southwest corner of Hope and 11th Street, just a few blocks south of STAPLES CenterL.A. Live, and the Metro Pico Station. This is the first parklet to be constructed within the framework of the People St program, which hosted its first application cycle in Spring 2014.

As a part of South Park’s Walkability ProjectHope St Parklet serves as a catalyst for future investment in pedestrian and bicycle amenities for the South Park community. The Parklet replaces two parking spaces, providing 288 square feet of new public green space complete with planters and seating for people to meet, talk, and enjoy the neighborhood. The parklet design is based in the People St Kit of Parts model, The Steps, which provides space for 2-3 tables and chairs and is flanked with built-in terraced benches and planters. The combination and configuration of movable and permanent seating encourages flexibility in uses.

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Hope St parklet signage panel shows a person-oriented wayfinding with 10 minute radius

Like other People St projects, identity and wayfinding signage at Hope St Parklet orient visitors to local destinations that are within walking and biking distance to the site. A quick look at the map shows that Metro Blue and Expo Lines are only a five-minute walk away. Raising awareness of walkable destinations, transit, and bikeways encourages people to explore the neighborhood, creating a dedicated resting place along the way.

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Councilmember Huizar, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds, and South Park BID Executive Director Jessica Lall host parklet ribbon cutting ceremony

As the Community Partner for this project, South Park Business Improvement District (BID) is responsible for the management and ongoing maintenance of the Parklet. Funds for parklet materials, design, and labor were largely donated by members of the South Park community, including SODA Architects, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Mack Urban, Benchmark + Tishman Construction, A Joint Venture, Swinerton Builders, Trumark Urban, Hazens Group, USA, ValleyCrest Landscape Development, Harry H. Joh Construction, ABC Resources, Tinco Sheet Metal, Helix Electric. By leveraging donations and community good will, South Park BID managed to construct the parklet for less than $10,000.

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With a full crew, the parklet was constructed in just over a day

Hope St Parklet is one of three parklets approved in the inaugural People St application cycle, along with People St Plazas in North Hollywood, Leimert Park, and Pacoima. Because the People St program is a public-private partnership, LADOT has provided technical assistance, project support, and the wayfinding signage. To date, the People St program has created a total of 30,600 square feet of Plaza space, a total of 1,540 square feet of Parklet space, and 1,500 square feet of Bicycle Corral space. The addition of Hope St Parklet adds to over 33,640 square feet of people-oriented green space in the City of Los Angeles – that’s 3/4 of an acre, nearly the size of the Taj Mahal! By reallocating vehicular right of way to people uses, we give new life to our public realm.

Can’t get enough parklets? There are two more parklets located on Motor Avenue in Palms that will complete installation in the coming month, so stay tuned! For more information about the People St program, visit our website, peoplest.lacity.org or email peoplest@lacity.org.

 


January 15, 2016 -Parklets, News Permalink

People St Application Window Opening November 1st with Small Changes

Last year, the People St program opened its first ever application cycle re-purposed road space in Pacoima and Leimert Park for two new Plazas and will bring Parklets to Palms and South Park in Downtown LA soon. LADOT’s award-winning People St Program will open its second application cycle and begin accepting proposals for Plazas, Parklets, and Bicycle Corrals from potential partners starting November 1st! Community Partners will have 45 calendar days or until December 15th to submit their applications for all People St projects.

Ballet folklorico at July 30th Ribbon Cutting at Bradley Ave Plaza in Pacoima.

Before you start gathering your neighbors and friends to help you put together a proposal, here are a few things you should know about this year’s People St application cycle:

  • Apply for a Bicycle Corral: Instead of a on rolling basis, Bicycle Corrals are now integrated into the application-based process along with Plazas and Parklets! All applications for People St projects will be accepted during the application window period. This helps us prioritize Plazas, Parklets, and Bicycle Corrals all at once and lets us foster better communication between Community Partner applicants.
  • Updated Application Materials: As the People St program continues to grow, we would like to streamline the application process and make applying easier for Community Partners. We’ve made revisions and updates to our application manuals incorporating new information to better guide Community Partners!
  • Kit of Parts for Plazas Went on a Diet: Information from the previous ‘Kit of Parts for Plazas Technical Appendix’ has now been incorporated into the ‘Kit of Parts for Plazas’. Now, Community Partners can refer to the ‘Kit of Parts for Plazas‘ exclusively for information on needed furnishings and programming to construct and activate a Plaza!

  • Keep your Neighborhood Council in the loop: Community Partners are now required to present their proposed People St project to their neighborhood during one of their local Neighborhood Council’s monthly meetings. For a People St project application to be considered complete, a copy of the Neighborhood Council meeting’s agenda or official minutes must be included as proof of presentation.
People St 2015 Application Cycle Timeline.

Now that you are up to speed on the changes we’ve made and are interested in applying for a project in your neighborhood, start now! All Plazas, Parklets, and Bicycle Corrals application materials and information you need can be found at our one stop shop: peoplest.lacity.org. If you have additional questions, email us at peoplest@lacity.org.

We can’t wait to form new partnerships and work with our Community Partners to bring their project ideas to life!


October 14, 2015 -Parklets, -Plazas, News Permalink

New Features for People St Website

As 2015 was off to a wonderful start with the installation of three People St Plazas, we at LADOT were busy adding some exciting new features to the People St website! We also did a little housecleaning and reorganized the structure of the website’s pages.

New Online Map
Under the new “Current Projects” [link] page, you will now see an online map showing the location of existing and approved (future) People St Plaza and Parklet projects — all together in one place! Clicking on the blue (current) and green (future) icons brings up another box with information on each individual People St project. As you zoom in to the map, more and more data is revealed.

The maps display several additional layers of information that can be clicked “on” and “off” under the “Layers” tab of the online map. For example, layers show where there are currently bicycle facilities, Metro Rail and Rapid lines, and other active transportation infrastructure serving folks as they move about town. We locate the 15 inaugural Great Streets under Mayor Garcetti’s initiative. Looking to the future of mobility, we include several layers relating to the City’s Mobility Plan 2035, awaiting final approvals and adoption later this year.

Folks, hold on to your desk chairs and laptops… you have a front row view of how People St Plazas and Parklets fit into the overall mobility network of Los Angeles, now and into the future! 

People St Plazas and Parklets help communities achieve “Phase One” projects that quickly and cost-effectively demonstrate the benefits of investing in the public realm. As these projects start to spring up in many corners of our dynamic City, seeing how they fit into the evolving mobility story in LA offers critical insight into the intent and purpose of these “temporary” projects — they can catalyze bigger conversations about urban design in your neighborhood and help spark future improvements for people walking, bicycling, and taking transit.

Also, the map can be used as a tool to identify opportunity areas in your neighborhood with existing or planned infrastructure that might benefit from a People St project’s power of demonstration. (Pro tip: As you drill down to particular sites make sure to reference the site location criteria in the Application Manuals that determine if a proposed location is feasible.)

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(Image: People St projects springing up all over Los Angeles)

Website Organization
We’ve also taken some time to reorganize the content of the website and do some housecleaning to update some of the FAQs on the Plaza and Parklet pages based on feedback since our initial program launch back in early 2014. In the website’s overall menu, you will now find everything you need to know about how to apply for a Plaza or Parklet under the “Apply for Project” [link] tab. As described above, the “Current Projects” [link] tab houses the new online map and individual project pages for each People St Plaza and Parklet.

City of LA Navigation Bar
In related news, you will also see a new City of Los Angeles navigation bar at the top of each and every page of the People St website. This is a new universal element for all City of Los Angeles websites that contains handy, well-organized links to 311 and all of the different online resources for City departments, programs, and services. Whether you are a resident, business operator, visitor, or someone interested in working for the City of LA, the new navigation bar should point you in the right direction.

In keeping with our City’s emphasis on open data, we encourage you to explore the website updates and features and let us know what you think at peoplest@lacity.org!

 


April 7, 2015 News Permalink

People St Instagram Love: Sunset Triangle Plaza

We can’t help but notice on Instagram when People St is a backdrop for your beautiful days in LA. This month, we feature some select images from Sunset Triangle Plaza in Silver Lake. From sketch books and coffee to break dancing and piano playing, you’re helping us and our partners demonstrate the awesomeness of our largest public space asset – our streets – as places for people to enjoy.

If you have a particularly lovely photograph or experience at a People St Plaza or Parklet, make sure to tag the location and #PeopleSt on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – we may feature your little slice of life on our website in a future post!

Keep it up with all of the #PeopleSt love!

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April 5, 2015 -Parklets, -Plazas, News Permalink

Meet Our New Plazas: NoHo Plaza

People St is excited to announce the installation and official opening of one of three People St Plazas approved under the inaugural application cycle for the program!

NoHo Plaza is located in an underutilized alley west of Lankershim Boulevard and north of Magnolia Boulevard in the heart of the North Hollywood Arts District.

This portion of alley has been repurposed as a public plaza space with tables, chairs, and umbrellas for people to enjoy. This cafe-style seating will allow NoHo Plaza the flexibility to become a destination for cultural activities, as well as a place for people to gather or relax on a day-to-day basis. A colorful surface treatment and perimeter planters define the Plaza bounds. People-scale identity and wayfinding signs feature a map with local destinations all within walking or bicycling distance of the site, such as the North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station.

NoHo Plaza is managed and maintained by the NoHo BID, who applied under the People St program and was selected to partner with LADOT. Leveraging their ongoing operational budget and other funds, NoHo BID is responsible for initial purchase of all Plaza furnishings as well as ongoing maintenance and Plaza programming. NoHo BID will work with an array of community organizations to host public activities and events at the Plaza. For more information on future happenings and a calendar of events, visit nohobid.com.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for announcements around the People St Plazas in Leimert Park Village and Pacoima!


February 24, 2015 -Plazas, News Permalink

People St Projects Coming Soon

Three Plaza Projects Coming by February, 2015!

We are pleased to announce that three People St Plaza projects are breaking ground by February, 2015. Together with four Parklet projects, these Plazas were selected under the first-ever application cycle of the formalized People St program, administered by LADOT. Here are the Plaza locations and their Community Partners:

Stay tuned for more information on plaza “grand openings” as installation continues. Exciting activities and programs are coming!  We hope you get a chance to visit these new projects as they come to life.

Parklet Update

The four parklet projects selected under the 2014 application cycle are currently working through design development, finalizing construction documentation for their sites, and conducting further community engagement. Tentative installation for these parklets is projected after Summer, 2015.

After much hard work and dedication, the Historic Core BID, Council District 14, and LADOT have collaborated to devise repair and modification plans for the Spring Street parklets, one of which was damaged in 2014. Anticipated re-opening by March, 2015!

 


January 9, 2015 -Parklets, -Plazas, News Permalink

Broadway Dress Rehearsal Existing Conditions Report Now Available

People St is pleased to announce the release of the Broadway Dress Rehearsal Existing Conditions Report. Evaluation efforts like this are integral to the City’s Great Streets initiative, and facilitate implementation and benchmarking of LADOT’s Strategic Plan and the City’s Mobility Plan 2035.

Evaluation Methodology

LADOT is committed to understanding and reporting on how projects impact neighborhoods, and evaluating their overall effectiveness in achieving project goals. By using established metrics that illuminate how new public spaces and street design impact the life of the street, we can track trends over time, evaluate project performance, and inform future program direction.

People St has developed a robust methodology for pre- and post-installation evaluation and data collection: the People St Project Evaluation Manual and Fieldwork Toolset. [PDF] This document contains our standard approaches to methodical observations and data gathering at project sites, both before and after installation. Analysis of these data allow us to describe changes in safety, mobility, accessibility, and economic vitality. We also capture perceptions of the neighborhood and the project itself from people walking or bicycling in the project area and local business operators.

A New Milestone Reached with the Broadway Dress Rehearsal

This week, we celebrate the completion of the first report based in LADOT’s evaluation methodology: the Broadway Dress Rehearsal Existing Conditions Report. [PDF]

This report offers an in-depth look at safety, public life and economic indicators existing prior to the installation of the Broadway Dress Rehearsal. Data were collected starting in January 2014, just in advance of the project’s installation, which was completed in August.

Here is a preview of some of the interesting findings from this snapshot of Broadway taken before the installation of the Dress Rehearsal project:

    • Pedestrians generally outnumber vehicles on Broadway. There were more people walking along Broadway over the course of just 6 hours than motor vehicles traveling along the corridor over a 24 hour period on the same weekend day.

    • From 2007 to 2012, 120 intersection and 94 midblock injury collisions were reported along Broadway (involving people driving, walking and bicycling).

    -Pedestrian and bicycle injury collisions have been increasing.
    Most midblock collisions were caused by unsafe lane changes and unsafe speed by drivers.

    • Vehicular speeds and volumes differ for northbound vs. southbound traffic. Traffic speeds were higher and volumes lower going southbound; traffic speeds were lower and volumes higher northbound.

    • Excessive driver speeding behavior was observed. Almost one-quarter of drivers were speeding heading southbound on Broadway on the weekday studied.

What’s Next?

A corresponding post-installation study (under separate cover) will be conducted in Fall 2015 to compare the existing conditions reported in this document with those observed after the project has been in place for a year.

Hungry for more data? LADOT has also been conducting pre-installation data collection around the seven plaza and parklet projects approved earlier in 2014 under the first-ever application cycle of the People St program. Stay tuned for even more data from People St!

People St would like to thank our colleagues in our LADOT Survey Division who participated in vehicular volume and speed capture, and the consultant team who worked tirelessly on this groundbreaking effort for LADOT.

 


November 25, 2014 News, Studies and Research Permalink

People St Plazas and Parklets Approved to Enter Design Phase!

After rigorous assessment of each application by an all-star, interdepartmental team of City staff, we are very excited to announce the list of projects from our first-ever application window approved to be implemented! Check out the list of approved People St projects below, to be installed as early as this fall:

List of approved projects 

Project Type Location Neighborhood Community Partner
Plaza Bradley Avenue between Van Nuys Boulevard and alley Pacoima Pacoima Beautiful
Plaza Alley near Lankershim Boulevard at Magnolia Boulevard North Hollywood NoHo BID
Plaza 43rd Place between Degnan Boulevard and Leimert Boulevard Leimert Park Institute for Maximum Human Potential
Parklet 1111 S. Hope Street Downtown South Park BID
Parklet 15231 La Cruz Drive Pacific Palisades Palisades P.R.I.D.E.
Parklet 3272 Motor Avenue Palms Motor Avenue Improvement Association
Parklet 3370 Motor Avenue Palms Motor Avenue Improvement Association

Successful applicants closely reviewed the People St Application Manuals to ensure the completeness of their application materials, asked LADOT questions relating to site feasibility and application requirements early on in their process, and involved many local stakeholders in project development. The People St program has experienced a healthy amount of interest from community organizations and individuals seeking to transform their neighborhood streets into people-oriented spaces.

What’s next for these projects?

Prior to installation, LADOT will post public-notice posters at all approved project locations for 10 business days.  During this time, members of the public can submit public comments directly to LADOT via our website.

Additionally, LADOT will work with these Community Partners to collect baseline information about the site before project installation,  and guide them through the design development process.  People St looks forward to continuing to work with the approved Community Partners to create these innovative people-oriented spaces throughout the City!

Attention Spring 2014 Applicants!

Photo: Leimert Park Pop-Up Plaza community outreach event in April, 2014

Thank you again to all applicants who submitted their Plaza and Parklet applications during our City’s first-ever People St Application Window!

Representatives from relevant City departments and agencies have been busy reviewing the applications to assess site feasibility, documented community support, and overall completeness of application.

At the end of June, LADOT will be presenting the interdepartmental team’s assessments and recommendations to City Council’s Transportation Committee.

After Council adopts these recommendations, applicants will be contacted by LADOT regarding the next steps for their project. So, stay tuned for news coming your way soon!

Go People St!

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