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Listening to Each Other: The Long Beach Safe Streets Story Bench

Coming Soon to your Neighborhood: the Safe Streets Long Beach Story Bench!

Do you have a story about how traffic violence or street conditions have impacted your life or the life of someone you know? Please come and share your story at the Story Bench. You will be able to record your story and make a pledge to ensure safer streets in Long Beach. Your stories will inform the City’s Safe Streets Action Plan. The Story Bench has been roaming around Long Beach and will continue to do so, through November 2018. Check out the Safe Streets website to learn more. Can't attend a Story Bench date? Go here to record your story and send it directly to the Safe Streets team.

Here LA designed the Story Bench, as part of the Safe Streets project. The goal is to gather stories to personalize traffic violence and put a human face on the problem.

Talking about Tactical Urbanism at the APA Conference

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Here LA’s Amber Hawkes joined a panel of colleagues at the American Planning Association’s California Conference earlier this week to talk about making positive change in cities, in particular through temporary installations and pilot projects. The panel walked through insights relating to conceiving and carrying out urban ‘pop-ups’, getting into the nitty gritty of what it takes to pull them off and make them memorable and one-of-a-kind.

Amber’s co-panelists were from City Fabrick in Long Beach, PlaceWorks in San Francisco, and the City of Livermore Planning Department.

Envisioning North Long Beach at the PopUpTown Social

We had a blast at the July 26th PopUPTown Social in North Long Beach! The patio of the Michelle Obama Library was filled with music, food, crafts, and community members of all ages who helped envision the future of Uptown Long Beach as part of the Uptown Planning Land Use and Neighborhood (UPLAN) strategy. Our zoning card game was a hit, with over 50 participants using a deck of cards to tells us their preferences for building types along Uptown’s commercial corridors. Through the zoning card game, we saw strong community support for open space, grocery stores, live-work spaces, community use buildings, affordable housing, and improvements to bike and pedestrian accessibility throughout Uptown. Thanks to the Uptown Business District for organizing the PopUp event!

A Community Dialogue with Little Tokyo & the Arts District

Last weekend we installed a temporary interactive sculpture at Metro's Regional Connector 'Halfway There' Celebration in Little Tokyo.  The large-scale installation had spaces for people to add their thoughts and ideas, as we asked them what they most wanted to see at the Little Tokyo / Arts District Metro station.  We heard about local restaurants, local markets, affordable and senior housing, and lots of trees and green space!  We designed and fabricated the activity as part of Metro's Joint Development program.  A shout out to our project partner Studio One Eleven and our friends at LA Metro - thanks for the collaboration! We will be using the findings as we develop the vision for the site. 

Getting Hands On @ One Arroyo Day

Lots of fun last weekend at One Arroyo Day in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl! Here LA made these 'rainbow stackers' to facilitate a 3 dimensional dialogue with the community about their memories, hopes, and dreams for the Arroyo Seco.  We gathered stories about the Arroyo and watched over the day as the structure took shape.  

Glendale Speaks: Turning Community Feedback into Art

This past week, Here LA installed a temporary art piece that illustrated a year's worth of feedback from community workshops in the City of Glendale, as part of the City's Pedestrian Plan.   Since 2016, the design and planning team has been speaking with people who live, work, and play in Glendale about what it's like to walk in the City.  Each triangle in the community mural represents one person's answer to the question, "What would make you walk more in Glendale?" 

Each color is a specific response. You can see frequency and patterns of response and read the community sentiment through color.  Blue tones indicated safety-related responses - people who said they'd walk more if they felt safer walking, or if vehicles would slow down, for example.  Pink indicates an accessibility-related reason (more space on the sidewalks or more destinations within walking distance) and green/yellow tones indicate aesthetics and comfort issues (better lighting, more shade, more people out walking, or better sidewalk condition).

The temporary mural will be up for a little while in its current home in the plaza in front of the Museum of Neon Art on Brand in Glendale and then will be roving around to various sites around the City.  

Join theconversation and check out the evolving Pedestrian Plan!

Blue Line Summer Series Slauson Station Pop Up

Fun times again at the Blue Line Summer Series, this time at the Slauson Station, together with LA Metro, Trust South LA, LA Conservation Corps, Fehr & Peers, and Metro Bike Hub. The event included a great DJ, food, 2 local artists, a bike repair station, as well as HereLA's Blue Line pop-up elements.  The DJ really got people dancing and the artists were live painting a cultural piece related to the event and community.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

See you this Sunday Aug 27 at the Metro Blue Line Vernon Station - North East corner of Vernon Ave and Long Beach Ave.

Blue Line Summer Series Slauson and Vernon

The Blue Line Summer Series continues on August 23rd at Slauson Station and August 27th near Vernon Station. Each pop up includes interactive elements designed by Here LA, as well as fun activities organized by local community groups. For a teaser, see the DTLB Station Pop-up. We look forward to seeing you!

Having Fun In Front of the Green Screen

Here LA's Amber Hawkes and Shannon Davis visited Planetizen's LA office today in Koreatown to film a segment for Planetizen Courses about First/Last Mile and 'Storytelling'.  Amber and Shannon discussed their experience helping to craft the First/Last Mile Strategic Plan and open-source process for LA Metro, sharing lessons learned and best practices from over the years, as the process has been applied to some of the 88 cities in LA County.   Here LA's discussions about Storytelling today were about everything from visual communication to tactical and pop-up urbanism - essentially finding ways to touch the hearts of people participating in the Planning process. Getting people to see, feel, smell, and hear the possibilities of an enhanced community and encouraging Urban Planners to Think Big.

Blue Line Summer Events Are Coming...

Be sure to join us on August 6th for a pop-up event for the Metro Blue Line First/Last Mile Summer Series! The pop-up event will include a community "Bike to the Beach" coupled with an interactive area for feedback and ideas. Here LA will be there with a kit of Blue Line temporary street furniture, talking about the First/Last Mile.  Music, food, and giveaways too!

The Bike to the Beach event is part of a series of events, happening in August and September along the Blue Line, aimed at getting feedback about what sorts of walking and biking improvements would be best for the areas surrounding the Blue Line, from Downtown Los Angeles, to Downtown Long Beach.

Can't make it to the Long Beach Event? August 3rd, 6pm - 9pm, the First/Last Mile Summer Series will be at the Parks After Dark, at Roosevelt Park, right near the Florence Blue Line Station.

See you there!

Popping Up in Long Beach

This weekend we will be popping up in Long Beach at the Live Long Beach Festival to hear from community members about bicycle planning.  Come and make some music on our power-generating bicycle, eat some popcorn, and enter for a chance to win a membership to the Long Beach Bike Share.

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Fun at Santa Monica's COAST Festival!

We had a blast this past weekend at Santa Monica's first ever open-streets, CicLAvia-style event, COAST.  We designed and hosted a 'Culture Wall' where people shared their personal stories and memories about 'cultural' experiences in Santa Monica. We collected hundreds of amazing personal stories, some funny, some poignant, some bizarre.  

 

Read more, see pictures from the event and check out all of the stories we collected here!

Want to do the Culture Wall in Your Community? Give us a call!

Re-imagining 10th Street in Long Beach

This week Here Design is 're-imagining 10th Street' in Long Beach as part of the the 2nd Council District's push to improve some of the main corridors in the District.  The District has earmarked funding for a pilot project to test out some of the ideas in the Plan, which is expected to be complete in July, 2016.  So far we are looking at temporary solutions like "bus stop-lets" or temporary sidewalk extensions at bus stops, artful crosswalks, and a community-initiated utility pole painting project to beautify the north side of the street.

Working With Glendale on an Interactive Community Art Mural

Here LA is working with the City of Glendale on the Citywide Pedestrian Plan.  As part of this effort, we're putting together an interactive activity for the community - a huge mural built in color, from community responses to the question, "What would make you walk more in Glendale". So far, almost a quarter of participants say that slowing speeding cars would make them feel safer and more comfortable walking in Glendale. Look out for us through the summer at Glendale community events like Cruise Night, July 16.  Findings from the mural will inform the Pedestrian Planning effort underway.