STREET TALK
August 2015
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Councilman Englander celebrates the grand opening of the Reseda Great Street in CD12
Dear neighbor,

Welcome to the August edition of the Los Angeles Great Streets Initiative's monthly newsletter Street Talk. Here we'll discuss all the exciting happenings inside the Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets Studio and out in each of our Great Street communities throughout Los Angeles. If after reading this you need more great news in your life, visit our blog
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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Venice Blvd CicLAvia and Open House
  • Cesar Chavez Pedestrian Improvements & Open Houses
  • Challenge Grant Recipients Announced!
  • Revisit Reseda Recap
  • Central Avenue Jazz Festival 
  • Draft.LA Recap 
  • Monthly Business Spotlight: Sweet Lucies 
See you on the street!

-The Great Streets team
Join Councilman Bonin and Great Streets on Thursday night for an update on Venice Blvd.
Venice CicLAvia and Open House 

On August 6th, the Great Streets Studio, along with Councilman Bonin will be hosting a Great Streets Open House, from 6-8pm at Coffee ConnectionIn response to the community surveys gathered, we're excited to discuss the future of Venice Boulevard including the proposed concept plan for the Venice Boulevard Great Streets Segment. For more information on the Venice Blvd. Open House, visit the website.

That same information will also be on display during the August 9th, CicLAviaBe sure to stop by the Pedestrian Zone on Venice Blvd (between Grand View and Centinela) where we will be on hand to display the concept boards and answer any questions. The 'Culver City meets Venice' event closes the streets to car traffic and opens them to people, turning the streets into a playground for Angelenos. With its growing popularity, CicLAvia is now the largest event of its kind in the United States. 
Route Map for the August 9th CicLAvia 
Cesar Chavez Pedestrian Improvements 

In coordination with the Mayor's Office and Councilman Huizar's Office, LADOT installed street safety improvements at Cesar Chavez Ave and St. Louis. The improvements included painted curb extensions, or 'bulb-outs,' reflective plastic bollards, and planter boxes. Improvements also include a 4-second 'head start' for pedestrians at the crosswalk.

The combined effort is aimed at decreasing crossing distance for pedestrians, slowing vehicles as they turn through intersections and increasing visibility for all road users. These improvements address the unsafe conditions that lead to high crash rates along the corridor, particularly at these bustling intersections. Additional intersections along Cesar Chavez will be receiving these improvements this summer. To learn more about the proposed plans, please join us at one of two community open houses, detailed below.
Pedestrian Improvements on Cesar Chavez and St. Louis 
SAVE THE DATE! Cesar Chavez Open House
 
Open House
August 13 at 6pm-8pm
Boyle Heights City Hall Community Room
2130 E First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(Open format, drop by anytime)

Information will be available in both English and Spanish at both events.
 
 
Pop-Up Open House
August 15 from 11am-1pm
At Cesar Chavez Ave and St. Louis Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(Open format, drop by anytime)
Challenge Grant Recipients Announced!!

On July 30th, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the winners of the Great Streets Challenge Grant program! The Challenge Grant program awards grants up to $20,000 to encourage communities to re-imagine local streets as more dynamic, social spaces. Continue here for a list of funded projects!
 
"Connect the Dots" is one of eight projects selected in the first round of Challenge Grants.
[Re]visit [Re]seda Recap

On Thursday, July 30th, Great Streets celebrated the completion of the 
installation of Reseda’s sidewalk and street redesign. The event was in partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Studio, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitchell Englander, LA Mas, Northridge Sparkle, Northridge Chamber of Commerce, Northridge South Neighborhood Council and the many businesses along Reseda Blvd.

Along with food, art activities and a scavenger hunt, community members gathered in a bike ride celebrating the cities first parking-protected bike lanes on Reseda Blvd. For more information, check out their website.
Reseda Blvd businesses welcomed visitors with raffle prizes and art.
Central Avenue Jazz Festival and Concept Plan 

The weekend of July 25 and 26th, Great Streets joined Councilman Curren Price and over 30,000 attendees at South Los Angeles’ iconic Central Avenue Jazz Festival. The two day festival included over 30 jazz, blues, and Latin jazz acts, food, arts and crafts, and a business and jobs pavilion. Now in its 20th year, the festival celebrates the rich cultural and musical history of the LA's Jazz Corridor. 

During the festival, the Great Streets studio had on display a series of poster boards that walked festival goers through the history of Central Avenue, previous plans for the corridor, concepts that we’ve evaluated and the concept that we’re advance to study and refine further. If you weren't able to catch us at the festival you can find all our information here.
 
Councilman Curren Price welcomes attendees to the 20th Central Ave Jazz Fest.
Draft.LA 

On July 8th, Program Director Nat Gale spoke to a packed house at the "Designing for Public Space" Draft.LA event. Hosted by The Noun Project, the free, public event brings together some of the brightest and most dynamic thinkers in LA to talk about their creative process and insights. Nat led an engaging discussion on the notion of public space, civic design, and how the Great Streets Challenge Grant is an opportunity to "disrupt" this process. For more information check out their website. 
Nat Gale presenting at Draft.LA 
Monthly Spotlight: Sweet Lucie's

Great Streets is excited to welcome one of the newest businesses to Venice Boulevard: Sweet Lucie's Ice Cream Shop. While Sweet Lucie's has be serving up delicious organic ice cream out of their Scoop Truck and at local retailers for some time now, they opened their first brick-and-mortar ice cream shop at 12222 Venice Boulevard this month! 

Sweet Lucie's holds the distinction of being the first USDA Organic certified ice cream manufacturer in Southern California! The shop is serving up ice cream and sorbets, non-dairy vegan options (which are amazing), sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes and more. While the shop is open 7 days a week now, husband and wife owners, Mike and Geri are looking forward to having a Grand Opening celebration in the near future. For more information check out their website.
Mike and Geri of Sweet Lucies Ice Cream  
Upcoming Meeting and Events for August 

August 6 - Venice Blvd. Great Streets Open House

August 9 - 'Culver City Meets Venice' CicLAvia

August 12 - Cesar Chavez Ave Great Street Open House

August 15 - Cesar Chavez Ave Great Streets Pop Up Open House

August 20 - Third Thursday on Pico 



Check out these and many more great urbanist-y events on our calendar
 
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