After months of promise, the LADOT formally launched the “People St” website moments ago. All of the documents a community group needs to apply to create a plaza, parklet or bicycle corral in their own community are available online. An introductory project application period will open on March 3 through April 30. After this special period, the application period will be open every fall, starting this October.
When the application window re-opens in October, the community partners will already be working with the city to install the first People St projects.
People St is a new program where local organizations can partner with LADOT to reclaim a little public space for the community. Groups can pitch a project to LADOT through the People St website. If approved the department will work with the group to bring the project to fruition. For more details, read the People St info sheet available here.
“We know there’s a lot of interest in communities,” said Valerie Watson with LADOT. “People are ready to get their ducks in a row and build their partnerships to get their applications together in advance of the two 2014 application windows.”
In addition to releasing the formal applications, LADOT also released a series of manuals to help interested parties navigate the People St process. There is no limit on the number of parklets and bike corrals can be built through People St, although Watson noted that because the city will help pay for some of the design of plazas, People St is limited to building about four per cycle.
Currently, there is one “People St style” plaza in Los Angeles, the Sunset Triangle Plaza in Silver Lake.
“People St will foster a greater sense of community making streets more active and inviting places,” said LADOT General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri.
That doesn’t mean that everyone who fills out an application form and has the money available will see a project built in their community. LADOT has to weigh each project on its own merit considering community support, project location and ability to maintain the project once it is built.
“We are looking forward to prioritizing and moving the strongest applications forward to insure the success of the project,” Watson continued. If applicants are not approved for moving forward, they will be encouraged to strengthen or re-tool their applications and re-apply in a subsequent application cycle. Read more…