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We’re coming to the end of our first week at Streetsblog Network.
The response has been overwhelming and very heartening. We’ve been
getting e-mails from all over the country, and the message we’re
hearing is that people are craving connection with others who are
thinking about the ways in which smart planning and improved
transportation networks can change their lives.

One of the most interesting e-mails came from Eddie North-Hager of Los Angeles, CA, who wrote asking us to add a blog called Leimert Park Beat to the network:

Leimert Park
[is] the African American cultural center of Los Angeles.The historic
neighborhood finds itself in the crossroads. Residents reap the
benefits of sound planning that mixed apartments and homes with a focus
on trees and wide parkways, and once even mass transit. Yet there is a
fear that new transit projects such as the Expo Line and the Crenshaw
corridor will change the way of life here. Education and compromise are
keys to getting things done, and done right.

Though the primary
focus is not on transit, the Beat does promote sustainable and livable
communities. I could see why Leimert Park Beat doesn’t fit into your
blog network at first glance. But these are stakeholders that need
interaction with your community to move mass transit forward in these

We’ve added Leimert Park
Beat to our blogroll, and it made us think about just how complex and
multifaceted the "livable streets" movement is becoming–and needs to

This morning on, the featured post is from GreenCityBlueLake,
a northern Ohio blog, and it talks about how planners in Lansing, MI,
are installing relatively simple, low-cost infrastructure to reduce
stormwater runoff. It’s the kind of project that can change the way
people see the streetscape.

We’ve also got news from
Philadelphia about bike racks and from Enid, OK, about hiking and
biking trails. And we can’t wait to see what comes over the network


Leimert Takes Steps Toward Re-Branding with Pop-Up Plaza and More this Weekend

As I listened to speakers on the “Creative Industry Business Development, Tourism Markets, Branding, Marketing, Event Management, Business Alliances, and Program Partnerships” panel at the Leimert Park Design Charrette this past January, one question kept bothering me: Why is so much discussion being directed at marketing Leimert Park to the international arena? It makes perfect […]
Untokening Co-founder Naomi Doerner listens to a participant during the Policy/Advocacy/Power workshop at the Untokening California convening November 4. Sahra Sulaiman/Streetsblog L.A.

Mobility Justice Advocates Gather in Leimert Park for Untokening California

She had had enough of hearing her community spoken about in offensive ways by well- (and not-so-well-) meaning planners and advocates, enough of giving 110 percent of herself only to realize a fraction of what she put forward was being seen as having value, enough of how disinterested those with power over what happened in marginalized communities remained in the larger picture, and enough of being tokenized.