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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait to form new partnerships and work with our Community Partners to bring their project ideas to life!
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,
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.)
(Image: People St projects springing up all over Los Angeles)
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
On May 1, 2014, LADOT People St was honored by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) with a prestigious Sustainability Award for Achievement in Active Transportation at the Annual Sustainability Awards. Along with several other Southern California jurisdictions, LADOT received recognition for the program’s contributions to active transportation in a video introduction from former LA City Planning Director and current Urban Land Institute (ULI) Los Angeles Chapter Executive Director Gail Goldberg honoring the program’s facilitation of partnerships between the City of Los Angeles and the community to “recaptur[e] pieces of streets for use by people.”
We would like to thank Kevin Ocubillo from Councilmember Huizar’s office for nominating LADOT for this award. We would also like to thank all of the staff from across various City departments who contributed to the formalization of this award-winning program! Go People St!
The very first People St applications are in! As of 4:00 pm last Wednesday April 30, our introductory application window for Parklets and Plazas came to a close. Our next application window is tentatively fall 2015.
People St would like to thank the individuals and organizations who submitted their proposals for transforming Los Angeles’ streets into active, vibrant, and accessible public spaces. From site plans and photographs to community outreach and letters of support, it takes a lot of work to apply for a People St project, and we appreciate the tremendous effort of everyone who submitted during the recent window.
In the coming weeks, LADOT will be convening an inter-departmental team to evaluate the applications against the People St project criteria and determine which projects to recommend for approval. In June, LADOT staff will present the team’s recommendations to City Council, who will then make the final decision regarding which projects to move forward.
Later this summer, LADOT is looking forward to working with selected applicants from this round as they bring their projects to life. In the meantime, we encourage anyone who didn’t apply during our introductory window to begin assembling the required application materials in preparation for our regular, annual Fall window, which is less than five months away. Remember to visit our Plaza, Parklet, and Bicycle Corral pages for more information.