Welcome to the December 2016 edition of Street Talk, the Great Streets Initiative's monthly newsletter! Here, we'll update you on the work happening in our studio and out on the streets. If you're reading this and need more great news in your life, check out our new website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or double-tap us on Instagram.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Great Streets Challenge Update
November & December Recap
See you on the street!
-The Great Streets team
37 Great Streets Challenge Applications Are In and Evaluation Underway
In November we received 37 strong Great Streets Challenge applications from a variety of community partners across Los Angeles. Over the next month, a review panel of experts in the fields of urban planning and community engagement are evaluating applications based on strength and feasibility. Great Streets Challenge awardees will be announced in January. Stay tuned!
Thank you to all community partners, listed below, who submitted Great Streets Challenge applications! We are immensely grateful for all the time and energy you put into your applications.
Hollywood Media District BID
Hollywood Property Owners Alliance
Thai Community Development Center
Hollywood Community Housing Corporation
Friends of King
Los Feliz Village BID
Wilshire Center BID
West Angeles CDC
The Architecture Lobby
LA Cedars Rotary Foundation
Art Share Los Angeles
Grant HEDC & Watts Re:Imagined
Los Angeles Walks
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
Pico Great Street Collective
South Park BID
Venice Arts Council
Parent Association of Gabrielle Charter
The Eagle Rock Association (TERA)
Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative
Glassell Park Improvement Association
Village at Sherman Oaks
SBCC Devonshire PALs
Industrial District Green
Westwood Village Improvement Assoc
Sunland Tujunga Chamber of Commerce
LA Garden of Youth
November & December Recap
Great Street Hollywood & Highland Scramble Crosswalk Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell along with community leaders and LADOT celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Hollywood and Highland scramble crosswalk. Since the installation of the new scramble crosswalk, no one walking or biking has been injured. The special crossing system allows everyone to enter the roadway from each corner and cross in all directions, including diagonally, at the same time. This improvement is creating a safer environment and an “enhanced pedestrian experience at one of the most iconic intersections in all of Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.
Lankershim Community Pop-Up Event
Community members came to the Lankershim Blvd Great Street on December 3 for a community pop-up workshop. Great Streets and our partners solicited community feedback on streetscape improvements, alongside children's activities, arts vendors, live painting, and food trucks. Community members were asked to share their experience on Lankershim as a pedestrian, cyclist, or driver. We look forward to incorporating this feedback into important street improvements on the boulevard in the near future. Special thanks to our partners, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, LADOT, and Department of City Planning! Keep an eye on lagreatstreets.org/lankershim for updates about our open house in early 2017.
Proud to Be a Great Street Great Business
In Highland Park, North Figueroa businesses La Fuente Mexican Restaurant and Raffi's Bicycles proudly display their Great Street Great Business window decal. Great Streets Great Business supports small businesses along Great Streets corridors with technical assistance and access to capital. Check out vedc.org/greatstreets for more info!
'A Field of Great Streets' by Mike the Poet
We've posted some of our most inspiring and creative correspondence on our website. See Mike the Poet's beautiful Great Streets poem, "A Field of Great Streets" on lagreatstreets.org.