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1:43 PM PST on February 16, 2016


Lots going on this week. Don't miss two great chances to hear Strong Towns' Chuck Marohn. There are meetings at Metro, on Boyle Heights redevelopment and policing, and on Crenshaw Rail impacts. There are two Great Streets celebrations to choose from on Saturday, plus Kidical Mass on Sunday. Plenty more, too, all the details below.

    • Tuesday 2/16 - Tonight - Second community workshop on future plans for the CRA-owned site at First Street and Boyle Avenue. The workshop takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Councilmember Jose Huizar's Field Office at 2130 E. First Street in Boyle Heights. Details on flier.
    • Wednesday 2/17 - Thursday 2/18 - Metro's Board of Directors holds its monthly committee meetings where business gets hashed out in advance of the February 25 board meeting. Agenda items include Metro's new paid station parking trial and plenty more. Details at Metro.
    • Wednesday 2/18 - Catch a free screening of the documentary Bikes vs. Cars taking place at 6 p.m. at the Audubon Center at Debs Park, at 4700 Griffin Avenue in Northeast L.A. Details at Facebook Event.
    • Wednesday 2/17 - The L.A. chapter of the American Planning Association hosts Strong Towns' Chuck Marohn delivering a talk entitled “Transportation in the Next American City.” The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the SoCal Gas Tower Conference Area at 555 West 5th Street in downtown L.A. It is free for APA and Strong Towns members and students; tickets are $10 for non-members. Register here.
    • Thursday 2/18 - Days of Dialogue hosts a conversation with LAPD Hollenbeck Division about the future of policing in the Boyle Heights community. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Puente Learning Center at 501 S. Boyle Avenue in Boyle Heights. Details at Days of Dialogue events page.
    • Thursday 2/18 - The Crenshaw Subway Coalition host a community town hall meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. at the U.S. Bank Community Room, 5760 Crenshaw Boulevard in South L.A. Updates will be provided on the Coalition's civil rights lawsuit against Metro, the on-going challenge of gentrification in the community, Metro's plan for construction in Park Mesa Heights, and Metro's proposal for a 2016 sales tax. Details at Facebook event.
    • Thursday 2/18 - Architect and urban designer Doug Suisman will be the keynote speaker at the free Architecture & Beyond Lecture Series. Suisman's talk goes from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Los Feliz Library at 1874 Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz. The free lecture series is supported by the Friends of the Los Feliz Library and the merchants of the Los Feliz Business Improvement District. For information, call the Los Feliz Branch Library at (323) 913-4710 or see Facebook event.
    • Thursday 2/18 - Check out Estilo Libre (freestyle): an open mic benefit for Proyecto Jardin from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the garden at 1718 Bridge Street in Boyle Heights. It will be a night to come on out and express yourself through poetry, rhythm, and flows to benefit Proyecto Jardin and Irvin Xochitla's (local student and community activist) kidney transplant fund. Details at Facebook event.
    • Thursday 2/18 - The Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association hosts Strong Towns' Chuck Marohn giving his renowned Curbside Chat. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church’s Gamble Lounge at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. The event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged.
    • Saturday 2/20 - T.R.U.S.T. South LA, Community Health Councils, Ride On! Bike Co-op, Studio MMD, and Mayor Garcetti's Great Streets Initiative host Street Beats, a free one-day music event promoting street safety. Street Beats takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3330 W Florence Avenue in South L.A. Details at Facebook event.
    • Saturday 2/20 - The Arid Lands Institute with CD6, Pacoima Beautiful, the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, Emerging Terrain Architects, and Mayor Garcetti's Great Streets Initiative host "Connect the Dots." There are numerous components of the street festival: a family-friendly bike ride (12:30 p.m.), bike rodeo (2 to 4 p.m.), community design workshops, and a block party (6 to 9 p.m.) all taking place at the San Fernando Valley City Hall on Van Nuys Boulevard between Sylvan Street and Erwin Street. More details at Arid Lands Institute. Details on the family ride at Facebook event.
    • Sunday 2/21 - Flying Pigeon hosts North East L.A.'s Kidical Mass. The free family-friendly bike ride departs at 11 a.m. from Sycamore Grove Park at 4702 North Figueroa Street in Highland Park. Details at Facebook event.

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