The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThe City Council meeting in San Fernando tonight is perhaps the most important Livable Streets event that you’ve never heard of.

  • Today – In 2011, I spent a lot of time with Pacoima Beautiful learning about their vision for turning the Pacoima Wash into one of the grandest urban greenways in America. While the greenway has progressed in recent years, it faces a key vote at the San Fernando City Council tonight. If you’re able to join them, they would happily take all the support they can get. Get the details, here. Read my series in 2011, here.
  • Tuesday – “Voices of 90037,” a Neighborhood Council representing the Vermont Square area, will consider a motion to write a letter supporting the MyFigueroa! redesign project which would create Los Angeles’ first truly complete street connecting Downtown and South Los Angeles. While 90037 has supported the project in the past, writing a formal letter would increase the visibility of their support. If you live, work or play in the area, consider attending the meeting. Get the details, here.
  • Wednesday, Saturday – We’re going to have a lot of coverage of the public meetings surrounding the release of the most recent draft of the Mobility Element that will guide the city’s transportation decisions until…well, until the next time they update the Mobility Element. The last time it was updated, I was a senior in college in 1999. Joe has already written about the new draft and both he and Sahra will have a lot more in the coming days. If you live in Central or South Los Angeles, you should check these meetings out.
  • Saturday - In fall 2013, the City of Los Angeles legalized murals after having banned them for a decade. Join American Planning Association, Los Angeles, Council District 14 Planning Director Tanner Blackman, and Cindy Schwarzstein of Cartwheel Art for a tour highlighting the murals of the Arts District and what the new Mural Ordinance means for L.A.’s urban environment and its role as a major art city. Get the details here.
  • Sunday - Co-sponsored by the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, the “Appreciating the Past and Exploring the Future” walk will explore the past and future of Colorado Boulevard and beyond. Led by Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council member Ashley Atkinson and L.A. Walks Steering Committee member Mark Vallianatos, this four-mile walk will travel along Colorado Boulevard up to the iconic Eagle Rock itself and return to our starting point. Along the way you’ll get to learn a little about the history of the Eagle Rock neighborhood and recent efforts by the neighborhood council, Council District 14, and Take Back the Boulevard to improve the boulevard, and can help identify opportunities for additional improvements. Get more details, here.

Is there something we missed? Is there something we need to know for next week? Let me know at damien@streetsblog.org. In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be announcing a series of “interactive planning” workshops funded through a Goldhirsh Foundation mini-grant.

Also, on April 23rd Urban Land Institute is hosting “Urban Marketplace,” a conference about investing in L.A.’s communities. Streetsblog is a media partner. You can read more about the conference after the jump or register by clicking here.

Urban Marketplace

Learn, network, and be inspired at the 12th Annual Urban Marketplace – a conference and expo designed to promote real estate investment opportunities and development strategies for LA’s lower income and higher poverty neighborhoods. In half a day, you will hear from an exclusive keynote panel, then participate in 20+ interactive roundtable discussions led by industry leaders who have made meaningful and innovative contributions to the urban environment.

Get more details, here.