In a pioneering effort to provide a cleaner and safer pedestrian environment, the South Park Business Improvement (BID) presented the City of Los Angeles with a new approach to aggressively address the backlog of problems with city sidewalks, returning safety and accessibility to city residents and visitors. With dedicated assistance from Councilman José Huizar, the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, and the Bureau of Engineering and Bureau of Street Services, the BID was able to fund an entire pilot program, bringing 800 sidewalks locations up to City safety specifications and meeting the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Last Friday, December 5, artists DevNgosha began work on a transformative mural on a parking structure in the South Park neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles, located at 1111 S. Hope St. Artists Devin Liston & Gosha Levochkin formed a dynamic collaboration in 2012. Devin’s past work has centered in portraiture and is categorized stylistically as realistic. Gosha’s work explores the urban landscape and is lyrical in form, created largely in the medium of watercolor.
In an effort to redefine and activate public space, the South Park Business Improvement District (BID) and the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative (LASC) partnered to create a robust “green alley initiative” for the South Park area in Downtown Los Angeles. The final product is a detailed report on the potential for green alleys in South Park, with the goal of providing a roadmap for local developers, city departments, and third party groups to work together on cultivating this new form of open space.
A new mural entitled, “The Preciousness of the Hunt” by artist Faith47 is currently underway in the South Park community in Downtown Los Angeles. The work is set to celebrate and commemorate the revitalization of the neighborhood, and positively reflect on the future of this area.