LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the first 15 streets of the Great Streets Initiative to improve neighborhood gathering places and generate economic activity by revitalizing key community corridors.
"The Great Streets Initiative is about strengthening neighborhoods one 'main street' at a time," said Mayor Garcetti. "Angelenos are looking for dynamic and safe places to meet, to shop, to spend time with their families. This is what the Great Streets Initiative is all about."
Mayor Garcetti has created the Great Streets Studio, which comprises dedicated staff with an office in City Hall tasked with community outreach and project development of the 15 streets.
Los Angeles has more streets than anywhere else in America. At 6,500 centerline miles, our streets make up about 13% of all the land in the City of Los Angeles. Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative envisions transforming this underutilized asset to support thriving neighborhoods. Great Streets activate the public realm, provide economic revitalization, increase public safety, enhance local culture, and build great communities.
"Our streets are our largest public asset, forming and reflecting the character of our neighborhoods, our people, and our city," said Mayor Garcetti. "By reimagining our streetscape, we can create transformative gathering places for Angelenos to come together, whether they travel by foot, transit, bike, or car."
In the near-term, change will begin with temporary treatments, including plazas and parklets. In the long-term, permanent changes to curbs, street lighting, street trees, and street furniture will be made.
The city budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 contains $800,000 for the Great Streets Initiative. This money is primarily seed funding to begin planning and outreach for each of the fifteen corridors. Some of the streets already have existing funding, either through grants or through current city work plans. Once a Great Street is designated, the Great Streets Studio, in collaboration with the respective Council Office and community stakeholders, can leverage these existing investments for additional grant funding and begin mapping out an implementation timeline.
"It's about focusing on the basics -- more cops where needed, Business Improvement Districts to clean up our streets and sidewalks, and amenities like improved medians and pocket parks to restore neighborhoods and attract investment," said Mayor Garcetti.
1. CD1: North Figueroa St between Avenue 50 & 60
2. CD2: Lankershim Blvd between Chandler & Victory
3. CD3: Sherman Way between Wilbur & Lindley
4. CD4: Western Ave between Melrose & 3rd St
5. CD5: Westwood Blvd between Le Conte & Wilshire
6. CD6: Van Nuys Blvd between Victory & Oxnard
7. CD7: Van Nuys between Laurel Canyon & San Fernando
8. CD8: Crenshaw Blvd between 78th St & Florence
9. CD9: Central Ave between MLK Blvd & Vernon
10. CD10: Pico Blvd between Hauser & Fairfax
11. CD11: Venice Blvd between Beethoven & Inglewood
12. CD12: Reseda Blvd Plummer & Parthenia
13. CD13: Hollywood Blvd La Brea & Gower
14. CD14: Cesar Chavez Ave between Evergreen & St. Louis
15. CD15: Gaffey St between 15th St & the 110