An article and video published in Urban Land, the magazine of the Urban Land Institute, highlight the recent efforts of ULI Los Angeles members and partners to transform Van Nuys Boulevard in Pacoima in health-promoting ways.
The project, which took place under the auspices of ULI’s national Healthy Corridors program, culminated in the Pacoima Health Zone. This demonstration project modeled potential long-term changes for creating a more vibrant, healthy and people-friendly Van Nuys Boulevard in conjunction with the CicLAvia open streets event. In addition to pop-up streetscape elements including temporary parklets and bulb-outs, local partners provided information, demonstrations and interactive exercises intended to create healthy people and places.
Following the Pacoima Health Zone, Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative and the L.A. Department of Transportation (LADOT) unveiled concepts for the Van Nuys Blvd Safety Improvement Project. The vision for a safer, and more vibrant, Van Nuys Boulevard proposes reducing traffic by one lane between Laurel Canyon Boulevard and San Fernando Road, and adding bike lanes, high visibility crosswalks, painted bulb-outs and parklet opportunities. The Safety Improvement Project is expected to be implemented during the summer of 2016.