Living Streets LA presents “I Wish this Street Was…” An interactive play street which will allow participants and passersby to envision what College Street in Chinatown could be like without cars. During the Sunday, October 7th CicLAvia, College Street between Broadway and Alameda Street will be transformed into a pedestrian only street through an interactive workshop hosted by James Rojas, public art projects and imaginative games. Click here for the event’s Facebook page.
We could still use volunteers to help set-up and host the event. If interested, please contact Anna Peccianti at anna.peccianti[at]gmail.com
On Sunday tens of thousands of Angelenos discovered what life in LA is like without cars. People rode through neighborhoods they never knew, saw architecture they never noticed, connected with all kinds of other people and had lots of fun doing it. Spirits were high as people talked to strangers, listened to music, negotiated for position and pedaled leisurely through some of Los Angeles’ most distinct neighborhoods. Many commented on how fast it was to cycle the 7 and 1/2 mile route without traffic. They realized how close things are when streets aren’t choked with cars.
My impression is that the event came off significantly better than imagined. Prior to the event, some people expressed concern that the publicity might not reach enough people. Well, it did. While some merchants took advantage by selling their wares on the street, others played music to impromptu live audiences, I expect the next time around that more people will realize the opportunity that all these people bring along the route.
Photos by Ryan Snyder
We are excited that CicLAvia has chosen to include portions of East 4th Street in Boyle Heights as part of its route. We look forward to collaborating with CicLAvia to demonstrate some people friendly uses of the street on October 10.
Image Credit – Undiscovered America mural on 4th – photo by Jenn Su
We are very excited about the first CicLAvia on October 10, 2010. Experience LA’s streets in a different way! Click on the image to sign up and for a link to their official website!