Communities can transform underused areas of L.A.’s largest public asset—our 7,500 miles of city streets—into active, vibrant, and accessible public space with People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). Eligible Community Partners can apply for approval to create projects that enhance the quality of life in this city. The Application Cycle features two innovative types of projects are available: Plazas and Parklets.
People St is a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Departments of Public Works and City Planning, the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).
About the Project Team
YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP
People St is your one-stop shop for information, resources, and materials on People St Plazas and Parklets and the application process to bring these projects to your neighborhood. Building from lessons learned from the city’s six pilot projects and the implementation of projects from the 2013 application cycle, LADOT has been working closely in an unprecedented collaboration with community members, elected officials, and other City staff to develop People St into a program that will expedite project development and implementation with a clear, consistent process.
A PROGRAM BASED IN PARTNERSHIPS
People St facilitates partnerships between the community and the City of Los Angeles. Projects initiated and driven by and for communities can be brought to life by working through People St. Community Partners must be active players in order to build neighborhood support for Plazas and Parklets. The application process requires Community Partners to identify an appropriate site, conduct outreach, raise funds required for materials and furnishings, install project elements, and provide and fund long-term management, maintenance, and operations of the project.
Plazas and Parklets make for more active, inviting streets. Expanded public spaces can calm traffic and increase safety for people who walk, bike, and take transit. These projects also encourage increased levels of walking and bicycling, all the while supporting economic vitality. Pedestrian-centered activity is shown to foster a greater sense of community, and local businesses benefit as more pedestrians frequent neighborhoods that accommodate them.
People St offers an application-based process for Community Partners to receive approval to install a Plaza and Parklet. Through peoplest.lacity.org, potential Community Partners can access an online-application portal and the materials required for the application process. Each year, LADOT opens an application window, a time during which Community Partners can submit an initial project proposal.
Using a set of established criteria to assess each proposal, LADOT selects a limited number of applications with which to move forward. Considerations for proposal selection include: organizational capacity, site location, site context, community support, and access needs for public spaces. Those selected then work closely with LADOT to complete the process of bringing a project to life.
Downloadable applications are available under the “Apply for Project” tab of this website. The downloadable applications will provide full details about everything you need to know to apply for the installation Parklets and Plazas.