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.
This week, Here LA kicks off the Transit to Parks Strategic Plan for LA Metro. The physical and psychological benefits of urban parks are well documented. Benefits range from reduction in obesity, depression, and air quality-related health issues, to support for healthy brain development and overall healthy living. But for so many people living in the LA region, accessing a park is not easy. Most of our neighborhoods aren't built around a local park; we can't walk out of our front doors and bike or walk to meet our friends for a pick-up game at a nearby basketball court or the like. Fewer than one-third of Los Angeles children live within walking distance of a park or playground.
The Transit to Parks Plan investigates how we, as a region, can get better access to parkland and open space areas, including the 75 miles of LA County coastline. Solutions will likely include a full range of access improvements, like public shuttles, bike lanes, greenways, programmatic incentives, creative partnerships, non-traditional or shared ride possibilities, and others. The focus will be on providing solutions for car-less, transit-dependent Angelenos and on getting people to the specific types of parks that they want to explore.
Map from the recent LA County Park Needs Assessment.
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!
Want to see the newest on the northern Crenshaw Line extension, through the City of LA and/or West Hollywood, between the Expo Line and the Red Line?
Check out the new article from Urbanize.la that breaks down the alternatives and discussed the options.
Here LA is working with Metro, AECOM, and Gensler to visualize the various alignment and station opportunities for the line.