LA Great Streets

Initiative between Mayor Garcetti, City Council, and "diverse stakeholders" to activate 15 streets (one in each district) to become more livable, accessible, and engaging public spaces for people who live there. 

Goals:  

  • Increased Economic Activity 
  • Improved Access and Mobility 
  • Enhanced Neighborhood Character 
  • Greater Community Engagement 
  • Improved Environmental Resilience 
  • Safer and More Secure Communities 
  • Improved Public Health

3 primary roles: 

  

  • Empower: Making our streets the centerpieces of communities means providing communities with the tools to lead in developing visions for their streets. 
  • Connect: To implement the changes that communities seek, we connect residents, businesses and organizations to each other and to the tools the City provides, from infrastructure to public art grants, and everything in between. 
  • Develop: When existing city programs or policies can’t meet the needs of our Great Streets communities, we work with our colleagues in city government to design and implement new programs. 

3 main components of a Great Street: 

  • Aligning and identifying resources, including capital improvements and economic development support, for infrastructure, businesses, residents, institutions and public space along Great Street Corridors  
  • Streamlining city department work plans to make most efficient and effective use of public improvements 
  • Providing opportunities for community members to improve their Great Streets, including our Challenge Grant program, Arts Activation Fund, and Mobility Challenge 

Currently focused on 1 corridor per district (https://www.lacity.org/city-government/elected-official-offices/city-council/map-districts) but logging feedback for suggestions of other streets and ideas on how to expand the initiative 

Who they work with

  • Each Great Street project involves close collaboration and partnership with the Councilmembers who represent the 15 Council Districts in the City of Los Angeles. 
Teresa Baker