November 2015
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Angelenos enjoy open streets in Chinatown during last month's 'Heart of the City' CicLAvia
Dear neighbor,

Welcome to the November edition of Street Talk, the Great Streets Initiative's monthly newsletter. Here, we'll update you on all the goings-on and happenings in our studio and out on the streets. If you're reading this and need more great news in your life, check out our blog, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or double-tap us on Instagram (if you're into that sort of thing).

  • LA2050 Voting still Open!
  • Challenge Grant Update
  • Los Angeles Walks to School
  • Mayor Garcetti Tours Northridge, Reseda Blvd 
  • Van Nuys Blvd Healthy Corridors
  • People St Program Accepting Applications 
  • Monthly Spotlight: Pantages Theatre
  • Save the Date: November 28, Make it Mar Vista
See you on the street!

-The Great Streets team
VOTE NOW: LA2050 ballots close Tuesday, November 3 at noon!
The Great Streets Initiative is competing in the LA2050 Grants Challenge. If we get the most votes between October 20 - November 3, Great Streets can be awarded a $100,000 grant to re-imagining streets as safe, creative, playful, economically thriving public spaces. Voting ends tomorrow, November 3 at noon!
Voting is easy! If you need to register, please remember to validate your email address (you’ll receive instructions after you vote) so your vote gets counted. You’ll see a notification at the top of the screen once your vote has been successfully counted! 
Voting closes soon! Help make streets playful public spaces!
Challenge Grant Update
All of our Great Streets Challenge Grant teams have been hard at work conducting their community outreach and gearing up for their events. See below for a recap of some the excellent work being done by our teams. As they continue their outreach, teams are actively looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out with any of the teams, please contact us at
  • Nuestra Avenida conducted their first sidewalk engagement on Thursday, October 29 at the corner of Soto and Cesar Chavez Ave. 
  • REvisit REseda debuted its flexible street furniture at "Trick or Treat on Reseda Blvd," on Saturday, Oct 31. 
  • Fig Jam hosted a community meeting for their Healthy Streets Committee on Wednesday, October 28 at Figueroa and Avenue 58. 
  • Street Beats hosted two interactive community walks on Crenshaw Blvd on October 14 and 17. 
  • Youth Envisioned Streets and Street Beats gathered feedback for their projects at a South LA Town Hall event held on Monday, October 19.  
  • Make it Mar Vista has completed a comprehensive neighborhood canvas in preparation for their Small Business Saturday Community Event on November 28.
  • The Pacoima Street Values team conducted businesses outreach and began planning for three focus groups with local organizations.
  • The Connect the Dots team began conducting outreach to residents, businesses and organizations in the Van Nuys area.
First prize winners of the bike decorating contest at 'Trick or Treat on Reseda Blvd'
Great Streets has also been sitting down with the Challenge Grant teams to learn more about their work in a series of interviews. Readers will find an inside look into the process and background behind these amazing projects. Interviews are published weekly on our website.
Los Angeles Walks to School
On Wednesday, October 7, over 100 schools in Los Angeles participated in
International Walk to School Day. The event involves communities in 40 countries emphasizing traffic safety and encouraging children and their families to walk or ride bicycles to school. In LA, nearly one-third of students walk to school each day. The event also spotlights Safe Routes to School, which promotes pedestrian activity and calm traffic near schools through a combination of engineering, enforcement and education. 
Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Curren Price walk to school with students and families at Dolores Huerta Elementary School in South LA.
Mayor Garcetti tours Northridge
On Saturday, October 17, Mayor Garcetti was joined by Councilmember Mitch Englander and Assemblymember Matt Dababneh for his neighborhood walk through Northridge. The Mayor went door-to-door with a team of volunteers informing residents about their city government and resources available to them. Their visit through Northridge also included a stop on Reseda Blvd with our Great Street partners. Check out this quick video recap.
(left to right) Assemblymember Dababneh, Mayor Garcetti, Don Larson, Councilmember Englander and a Northridge stakeholder on Reseda Blvd.
Urban Land Institute Brings Health Focus to Van Nuys Blvd
Urban Land Institute Los Angeles and the Great Streets Studio are participating in a national study of how to create healthy corridors, focusing locally on Van Nuys Blvd in Pacoima. This October, Great Streets staff and ULI LA representatives met with national leaders in healthy communities and placemaking to begin developing a healthy corridor strategy for Van Nuys Blvd. ULI LA's work will culminate in March through a healthy corridor demonstration project in partnership with the Great Streets Challenge Grant program, Pacoima Beautiful and other community organizations. Check out this video recap from a recent study tour of the corridor!
LADOT's People St Program Now Accepting Applications
LADOT’s award-winning People St Program will open its second application cycle and begin accepting proposals for plazas, parklets, and bicycle corrals from community partners starting November 1st! Community partners will have until December 15 to submit their applications for People St projects.

Last year, the People St program opened its first ever application cycle and re-purposed road space in Pacoima, North Hollywood and Leimert Park for three new plazas and will bring parklets to Palms and South Park in Downtown LA soon. For more information, including application guidelines, continue here
Ballet Folklorico at July 30th Ribbon Cutting at Bradley Ave Plaza in Pacoima
Monthly Spotlight: Pantages Theatre
The Pantages Theatre stands as one of the centerpieces of the Hollywood Great Street. Opened in 1930, the Pantages Theatre was designed by B. Marcus Priteca at the height of the Art Deco era. The 2,691-seat theatre’s lavish design features radiant starbursts of gold, silver, and bronze in intricate geometric patterns. The long history of the Pantages includes an original stint on the vaudeville circuit, a Great Depression era movie theater, host of the Academy Awards during the mid-century, a dramatic redesign during the 1970s and a massive restoration in 2000 that returned the building to its former luster. Today, the fully-renovated Pantages is one of the city’s highest-grossing venues for Broadway-style productions. To learn more about the historic Theatre, continue to their website
Save the Date: Make It Mar Vista on November 28
Make it Mar Vista will be taking place on Saturday, November 28th along Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista. As the first large-scale Challenge Grant event, the team will host a Small Business Saturday community event complete with a pop-up protected bike lane, temporary parklet, interactive mural painting, live performances and art exhibit. The goal? To build community spirit and connectivity while getting people out of their cars and into the streets. For more info visit their website
Upcoming Meeting and Events for November 
November 7 - Street Beats Interative Community Walk 
November 7 - Fig Jam Community Meeting
November 14 - Great Valley Bicycle Roundup
November 10 - 
Urbivia: Urbanism Trivia for Professional Planners
November 12 - Free Fall Films: 500 Days of Summer
November 19 - Third Thursday on Pico
November 19 - We Love DTLA 
November 21 - The Great Los Angeles Walk 
November 21 - 
November 28 - Make it Mar Vista 

Check out these and many more Great Streets-y events on our calendar

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