Rojas’ Next Act, “Rethinking Glendale Boulevard” Is This Saturday

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This morning, the Los Angeles Times featured our own James Rojas in a story about his wonderful interactive planning exhibit in Long Beach that allows visitors to re-imagine their city in a new way. Streetsblog has featured Rojas’ work several times over the years as he’s traveled to United Nations’ conferences, all around the country or just a short hop to East L.A.

Anyone whose imagination was captured by Rojas’ work for the first time, or is a long-time follower looking for the next interactive modeling session, won’t have to travel to Long Beach to join the fun and learn something new. His next event looks at Glendale Boulevard in Echo Park from the 2 fwy to Sunset this Saturday at 1770 Glendale Boulevard in Los Angeles at 10:00 A.M.

Rojas explains how the session will work at a post on the Latino Urban Forum list serve, reposted in the Streetsblog calendar section:

Participants will be asked to create their ideal street in 20 minutes. Using recycled objects participants will build small dioramas to help think through their ideas. Because there are no limitations, and right or wrong answers this is a safe zone for all ideas. Once the time is up the builders will share their ideas in a one-minute presentation to the group. Collaboration is the next step and participants will be place in small groups. They will have 15 minutes to share their ideas. They will be tasked to pick a spot along Glendale Boulevard where they can implement their ideas. Each team will present their plan to the group. As a conclusion the ideas will be synthesized and discussed.


As is customary, Rojas will post his notes on the session and discussion that follows on Streetsblog following the group presentations. For more information on Saturday’s event, visit the Streetsblog calendar section.

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