Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Garcetti Opens New Plaza In North Hollywood Arts District

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LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today opened the NoHo Plaza, a new public space in the heart of the North Hollywood Arts District and the first project of the "People St" program. The Plaza was created by revamping an alley behind Lankershim Blvd. by covering the pavement with an artistic design and with planters, tables, chairs, umbrellas and more.
"L.A. is the densest urban area in the nation, so we are getting creative to reclaim underused spaces that can be transformed into places for Angelenos to eat, shop and spend time with their friends and families," Mayor Garcetti said. "The People St initiative allows community groups -- who know their neighborhoods the best -- to partner with City Hall to create great public spaces that make our communities more livable and prosperous."

NoHo Plaza was the brainchild of the NoHo Business Improvement District (BID) which applied under the People St program and was selected to partner with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, which is spearheading the initiative. LADOT installed the colorful surface treatment, perimeter planters, and other materials that make up the plaza space. The NoHo BID purchased the furnishings and will maintain the space and host public activities and events at the plaza. For more information on future happenings at this plaza, visit www.nohobid.com.

“This is the first plaza from the People St program’s inaugural round," said LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds. "For community partners who would love to have a plaza or parklet in their neighborhood, we're aiming to open the next round of applications this fall.”

Applications may be made at www.peoplest.lacity.org.

The People St program was developed after a first pilot plaza, the Silver Lake Sunset Triangle, was installed in then Councilmember Garcetti's district in 2012. The NoHo Plaza is one of three plazas that are opening this month through the first round of People St applications. The other two are in Leimert Park on 43rd Place and in Pacoima on Bradley Ave.

People St projects are temporary installations that are subject to a one year, renewable Memorandum of Understanding between LADOT and the community group. If a project is successful, the City and community partners may seek funding to make it a permanent road-to-plaza conversion.

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