Los Angeles Communities can now easily transform underused areas of L.A.’s largest public asset—our 7,500 miles of city streets—into active, vibrant, and accessible public space with People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). Eligible Community Partners can apply for approval to install three innovative types of projects: Plazas, Parklets, and Bicycle Corrals.
These temporary project types have one thing in common: they are situated below the curb. Unlike repurposing a vacant lot into a park, or planting trees along a sidewalk – both examples of above the curb improvements – People St projects reallocate pieces of the roadbed, where you step down from the sidewalk, as their home.
- Plazas are installed in underused or redundant road space by blocking off a segment of street with heavy planters and colorized or textured surface treatments.
- Parklets and Bicycle Corrals are installed in on-street or metered parking spaces.
- All three People St project types transform below-the-curb roadbed into spaces for people to enjoy.
Sounds Great! How Do I Start?
People St offers an application-based process for Community Partners to receive approval to install a Plaza, Parklet, or Bicycle Corral. Through peoplest.lacity.org, potential Community Partners can access an online-application portal and the materials required for the application process, including downloadable PDF Application Manuals and Kit of Parts documents.
Each year, LADOT opens an application window, a time during which Community Partners can submit an initial project proposal. In 2014, there will be two windows available so we can get a jump-start on projects all over the city. You can apply during the March to April window or wait until the regular, yearly window opens in October.
Introductory Application Window
March 3–April 30, 2014
Regular Annual Application Window
October 1–November 28, 2014
(October—November every year thereafter)
Using a set of established criteria to assess each proposal, LADOT selects a limited number of applications with which to move forward. Considerations for proposal selection include: organizational capacity, site location, site context, community support, and access needs for public spaces. Those selected then work closely with LADOT to complete the process of bringing a project to life.
Go to the Get Ready page of the People St website for an overview on what you can do to build support for a project, identify a viable site and potential Community Partner, and prepare for an upcoming application window.
Make sure to download the Application Manuals from the Plaza and Parklet pages of the website – these are your guide to all of the requirements and considerations for Plazas and Parklets. The Bicycle Corral page points you to the latest info for this project type. In these materials, make sure to review the site location criteria, the hard and fast rules for where you can and can’t locate these types of projects. Design professionals like architects, planners, and landscape architects can help you out with this if it’s not totally clear at first if the slice of street you’ve earmarked meets the criteria.
You can fast-track questions on site location feasibility to LADOT staff by filling out the Inquiry Form found at the bottom of the Get Ready page.
For more information on People St
visit peoplest.lacity.org / e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
via Valerie Watson, LADOT