Los Angeles News
Mayor Announces “Great Streets” Initiative
By Melissa Simon
Oct 14, 2013 - 3:54:05 PM

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an Executive Directive on Thursday, October 10, announcing plans to launch his “Great Streets” Initiative.

The initiative focuses on improving specific corridors in Los Angeles by not only repaving streets, but adding outdoor plazas, benches and other amenities as well.

Mayor Eric Garcetti
“We are taking another big step towards a fundamental change in how we perceive, interact and build around us,” Garcetti said in a press release. “A great neighborhood needs a great street as its backbone, and, as city leaders, we need the backbone to make bold changes necessary to build great streets,” he added.

The Great Streets Working Group, a group consisting of members from five departments, has been tasked with coordinating with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

Garcetti said the first priority of the project is to make sure all projects are coordinated.

“No more Bureau of Street Services paving a street on Monday, DWP digging it up on Tuesday,” he said. “Let’s also combine a DWP pipe project with some street furniture funds and with a sidewalk repair project all at the same time,” he added.

According to the release, the Great Streets Group has been tasked with creating the following:

· Criteria and strategy for identifying streets to be included in the project

· A list of 40 potential streets

· A comprehensive matrix of project elements and associated costs

· A strategy for the coordination of city services

· A project implementation timeline

· Funding strategy

· Metrics and benchmarks to evaluate and track project impacts

“There are two essential elements to a strong city: a thriving economy that creates opportunity and pays the bills and a city government that delivers the core services that improve the quality of our life—safe streets, clean streets, and streets in good repair,” Garcetti said.

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