Eyes on the Street Edition!

Here in Mayor Garcetti's Great Streets Studio, we seek to inspire a deep love for our streets and public spaces. Every day we challenge ourselves to improve the experience of Angelenos on the streets of our city.
For me personally, this has humble beginnings. In 2004, I was studying to be a mechanical engineer in New York City. Like most college students, I had an English requirement - which I dreaded - until I got my first reading assignment. It was called "Sidewalk Ballet" and it was an excerpt from the book "The Death and Life of the Great American City" by Jane Jacobs (see where LA Public Library copies are available here).
After reading the short chapter, which detailed the beauty of strangers interacting on city sidewalks, I was hungry for more. Who was Jane Jacobs? Why are cities important? What makes a great neighborhood? Some of these answers I found in the pages of her book, and many more I discovered on the streets.
Jane's views on cities are continually respected and challenged. She would turn 99 on Monday, May 4, and in honor of this and the many experiences of Angelenos on our streets, the Great Streets Studio is declaring the month of May as "Eyes on the Street": a celebration of life on the streets of Los Angeles. 
In this newsletter, you will find a list of exciting events occurring throughout the month, some involving the Great Streets team and others we are happily promoting for our friends across the city. We hope you'll join us online (#eyesonthestreetLA and #LAgreatstreets) and on the streets for this meaningful conversation. 

See you on the streets!
Nat Gale
Great Streets Program Director
Weekly Social Media Events
Each week in May we'll engage in a conversation about #eyesonthestreetLA on our various social media platforms. Join us on the topics listed below!

The Great Streets team will launch each week’s discussion themes on our blog, stemming from a part of Jacobs’s novel. There are four parts and four full weeks of May; look out for a new topic each week.


We will ask you to share images (through Twitter, Instagram, and other media outlets) from any events you attended. Use our #LAGreatStreets hashtag to see what other Angelenos are observing on their streets!


We will post videos of various people reading and reflecting on their favorite passages, including the Great Streets team and friends.


Twitter party Thursdays! We will facilitate conversations on Twitter about what makes a great street, what are some of your favorites in LA, and how we can make our streets even better -- because we all know a street that could use some work!

Community Events
Below you'll find a series of events occurring all throughout May related to #eyesonthestreetLA. We hope to see you out there! And if you know of an event we should be aware of, tweet at us @LAGreatStreets!

Check out our Google Calendar for an up-to-date list of all the events.
Fridays in May (May 8, 15, 22, 29)
Great Streets Field Trip Fridays
(Great Streets team)
What: Members of the Great Streets team will take a field trip to one of our Great streets. Join us for a discussion about Los Angeles streets and public space!
Location: To be announced each week, along with a specific time and place. Stay tuned to our social media for all the details.

May 2, 9a-12p

CicLAvia Explores: Old Pasadena Walking Tour (SOLD OUT)

(CicLAvia, Pasadena Heritage)

What: CicLAvia Explores returns on May 2 with a preview of part of the May 31 CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro route.

May 2, 9a-5p
Habitat for Humanity Atwater Village ReStore "Community Day"

(SGV Habitat for Humanity ReStore, San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity)
What: The Atwater Village ReStore Grand Opening "Community Day" event, including 20% OFF SALE STOREWIDE, hourly giveaways, a beer garden (sponsored by Golden Road Brewing), local food trucks, raffle items, repurpose workshops for adults (12-3pm), and a special kids corner.
Location: 5201 W. San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles
Find out more info
May 2-3
The Big Parade
(hosted by Los Angeles Walks)
What: The Big Parade is a two-day ambling exploration of Los Angeles, from downtown to the Griffith Observatory. People can come and go as they please - join for a mile, an hour, or an epic two-day walk!
For information about times and the route, see the Big Parade blog (updated daily). 

May 3, 9a

Jane's Walk: Market to Market We Go!

(hosted by Mid City West Community Council)

What: A fun neighborhood walk from the Original Farmers Market to the Melrose Place Farmers' Market, as part of an international event celebrating the legendary urban visionary Jane Jacobs.

Location: Original Farmers’ Market, 6333 W Third St, Los Angeles

For more information about the global event, see the Jane's Walk website.

May 3, 4-7p

LAtitudes Launch Party

What: A LAtitudes-themed walking tour that begins at the Vermont/Sunset Metro Station and ends at Skylight Books, followed by a launch party celebrating the publication of LAtitudes with the editor, essayists, and cartographer!

Location: Skylight Books: 818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, California 90027

See more information here.

May 4

Jane Jacob's birthday!
May 6, 5-7p
AIA|LA @ Bates Motel: Hotel Design - Trends + Directions
(The American Institute of Architects - LA)
What: A
 discussion on the state and future of hotel design in the courtyard of Silver Lake's Bates Motel with L.A.’s leading hotel designers, followed by a wine and cheese networking reception. 
Location: Bates Motel, 4301 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 

Tickets are $40 for AIA members, $60 for non-members. Purchase here and find more information here.
May 6, all day
Walk & Bike to School Day
See more information on the Walk Bike to School Website.
May 11, 10a
Bike Week LA Kickoff and Press Event
Bike Week LA partners including elected officials, transportation agencies, bicycle organizations, and event sponsors will announce new programs and initiatives designed to help make Los Angeles County a safer and friendlier place to bike.
Location: Grand Park, 221 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

May 12, 6p

Tom LaBonge and the Untold History of Los Angeles
(hosted by City Impact Lab, PhotoFriends of LA Public Library)

What: Through pictures and stories, outgoing Councilman Tom LaBonge will share his insight on how and why things happen in Los Angeles.
Location: Los Angeles Public Library, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles
See more information and RSVP here.

May 15, all day
National Bike to Work Day
See more information on the League of American Bicyclists website.

May 16, 10a-1p

Walk this Way, LA: Westwood
(hosted by Los Angeles Walks)

What: A walk through Westwood, with discussion of the area’s history and the pros and cons of its pedestrian environment.

Location: Outside of Peet’s Coffee, 1124 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Tickets, $10 can be found here.

May 19, 6p

AIA|LA Design Awards Tour: A.P.C Melrose Place
(American Institute of Architects - LA)
What: A special tour of AIA|LA Design Award-winning A.P.C. Melrose Place featuring highlights of the design and discussion of the process, followed by a wine and cheese reception!
Location: A.P.C., 8420 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tickets are $20 for AIA members, $35 for non-members. Purchase tickets and find more info here.

May 21, 8-9:30a

AIA|LA City Leaders Breakfast Series :: DANIELLE BRAZELL

(American Institute of Architects - LA)

What: A breakfast reception and discussion with Danielle Brazell, Mayor Eric Garcetti's general manager of the Cultural Affairs Department for the City of Los Angeles.
Location: Rios Clementi Hale Studios, 639 N. Larchmont Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Tickets are $15 for AIA members, $35 for non-members. Purchase tickets and find more info here.

May 21, 7-8p
L.A. Writes: Chronicling Los Angeles
(LA Public Library, Los Angeles Times)
What: Reporters Steve Lopez, Sandy Banks and Charles Fleming share their experiences of writing about Los Angeles.
Location: Los Angeles Central Library - Marc Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles

May 24, 5 pm

BUSted LA with Scott Schultz

(hosted by Scott Schultz and Great Streets)

What: True stories about getting around Los Angeles, told by people who live their lives automobile free including comedians, musicians, writers and more.
Location: Stories, Echo Park, 1716 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

May 26, 6-8:30p

American Planning Association LA Urbivia
What: Compete against the Great Streets team at Urbanism Trivia! Teams will compete for prizes and the title of LA URBIVIA CHAMPION!
Location: HMS Bounty, 3357 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
See more information about registration and tickets (free for APA members, $5 for non-members)

May 27, 6-7:30p
Historic DTLA Walk & Talk
(hosted by City Impact Lab, joined by Great Streets)
 Come join us for an exploration of historic Downtown Los Angeles. Learn about the birth and growth of the City of Angeles, see historic architecture, chat with fellow Angelenos!

Location: Starts and finishes on historic Olvera Street
Space is limited, so please RSVP here!

May 28 - June 14
Los Angeles Design Festival

A series of events that celebrate the many ways in which we each contribute and create.
See more information and a full schedule of events here.

May 31, 9a-4p

CicLAvia - Pasadena

(hosted by CicLAvia, Metro)

What: Walk, ride or scoot your way to Pasadena to peruse and explore Pasadena’s business gems and cultural treasures.
Location: Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena
For more information, see the
CicLAvia website.

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