This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThere’s a lot going on: Affordable transit-oriented development! Garcetti responds to South L.A.! Women in Planning! Safe routes to school summits! And that’s just today. Later in the week there are accessory dwelling units, Metro’s board, South L.A. Earth Day, some bittersweet farewells to the Sixth Street Viaduct, and more.

  • Monday 10/19 – Metro is hosting a series of six Safe Routes To School summits. Late notice as it is underway, but the fourth is already taking place today. It goes from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Liberty Park’s Washington Room at 19211 Studebaker Road in Cerritos. Later summits will take place this week in Carson and Culver City. These summits are free, but Metro is requesting pre-registration via eventbrite. For additional information, see flier [PDF], call Alice Tolar at 213.922.2218, or email SRTS@metro.net.
  • Monday 10/19 – The Alliance for Community Transit Los Angeles (ACTLA) is hosting an event to articulate a shared citywide vision for development around transit. ACTLA will invite electeds to enact citywide policies for production and preservation of affordable housing and community-serving economic development near transit. The rally takes place today, from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Grand Park, across from Los Angeles City Hall.
  • Monday 10/19 – Tonight, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti hosts a South L.A. Town Hall and resource fair. Garcetti and other city officials will respond to questions. Networking starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the mayor’s remarks and panel at 7 p.m. It takes place at Holman United Methodist Church at 3320 W. Adams Blvd. in South L.A. For information, email Gabrielle Horton, Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement, gabrielle.horton@lacity.org.
  • Monday 10/19 – Tonight, Los Angeles’ chapter of the American Planning Association and Meléndrez host Women in Planning: a panel conversation with some of Los Angeles’ foremost female leaders in the planning field sharing their thoughts on their careers and experiences as a woman in planning. This discussion will be complemented by opportunities for networking among women planners. The event takes place tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Meléndrez Landscape Architecture at 617 S Olive St 11th Floor, in downtown Los Angeles. Free for A.P.A. members, $10 non-members, $5 student non-members. Details at Facebook event.
  • Tuesday 10/20 – Metro hosts its fifth Safe Routes To School summit from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the meeting room at the Carson Library at 151 E. Carson Street, in Carson. It is free, but Metro is requesting pre-registration via eventbrite. For additional information, see flier [PDF], call Alice Tolar at 213.922.2218, or email SRTS@metro.net.
  • Wednesday 10/21 – Metro hosts its final Safe Routes To School summit from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City. It is free, but Metro is requesting pre-registration via eventbrite. For additional information, see flier [PDF], call Alice Tolar at 213.922.2218, or email SRTS@metro.net.
  • Wednesday 10/21 –  The L.A. Architecture and Design Museum hosts a conversation on the potential of Accessory Dwellings Units (ADUs) to address housing affordability in Los Angeles. The event will explore ADUs from the perspective of policy and politics, grounded in development and design considerations. The expert panel discussion takes place at 7 p.m. at the A+D Museum, at 900 E 4th St, Los Angeles, in downtown L.A. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 10/22 – The Metro board hosts its monthly board of directors meeting. On the agenda are various issues, from bus load factors to more funds for freeway widening, including the 710 South. Read coverage of some highlighted items at SBLA’s committee highlights article last weekAgendas and supporting materials are posted at the Metro meetings webpage.
  • Thursday 10/22 – Help plan the future of Santa Monica’s thriving downtown neighborhood. Join Santa Monica Next, the Santa Monica Jaycees, Santa Monica Spoke, and Travis Page, senior planner for the city of Santa Monica, as they discuss Downtown’s future over food and drinks on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 1640 5th Street in Santa Monica. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 10/22 – As part of the ongoing exhibit, “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean,” USC hosts a free outdoor screening of the documentary “Wasteland.” The event will be at 6 p.m. at the USC Fisher Museum of Art courtyard, at 823 Exposition Blvd on the USC campus. It is an outdoor screening, so bring your own blanket. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 10/24 – The Big Parade hosts its Ten Bridges Epic walk, departing at 9 a.m. from the Chinatown Metro Gold Line Station. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 10/24 – Community Services Unlimited hosts another Earth Day South L.A. Every Day event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center at 6569 S Vermont Avenue in South L.A. This event will feature seasonal local produce, small batch chocolates, gardening giveaways, vendors, info booths, activities, music, Chinese medicine consults, Chicana Apparel clothing, and health care information. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 10/24 – Councilmember Jose Huizar hosts a farewell party for the noble 1932 Sixth Street Bridge. The festivities kick off at 2 p.m. and include children’s games and activities, food trucks, community booths, live mural paintings by local artists, as well as Sixth Street Bridge Art exhibits from Art Share L.A. The evening will end with a fireworks show overlooking the Sixth Street Bridge. Details at Facebook event. The bridge is tentatively scheduled to close on Jan. 3, 2016, with demolition starting January 8.
  • Sunday 10/25 – The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design hosts “ForumFest 2015: Bridge. Tunnel. Channel” from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Sixth Street Bridge tunnel – on the DTLA side of the bridge. Festivities include DJs, live music, food, and art/architecture/video installations. Details at Facebook event.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we should list on future calendars? Email joe@streetsblog.org.

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