For the past year, ULI Los Angeles has participated in ULI’s national Healthy Corridors program, which has explored best practices to reinvent underperforming suburban and urban arterials in health-promoting ways. More information about the program can be found here and in this video, which premiered at ULI’s 2015 Fall Meeting.
Since the launch of the project, ULI members have worked with Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Studio, Council District 7 and local leaders to understand the assets and challenges in Pacoima, and provide technical assistance on transforming Van Nuys Boulevard into a safe, healthy, vibrant, and mixed-use corridor. A local workshop was held in the summer of 2015 with local stakeholders and a Study Visit by a panel of national experts was conducted from February 3-5, 2016. The panel’s findings and recommendations, summarized in this final presentation, focused on ways to improve the economic and physical health of the area.
In conjunction with CicLAvia – The Valley on March 6th, Council District 7, Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Studio and ULI Los Angeles will host the Pacoima Health Zone. This demonstration project will model potential long-term changes for creating a more vibrant, healthy and people-friendly Van Nuys Boulevard. In addition to pop-up streetscape elements including temporary parklets, bulb-outs, crosswalk enhancements, and pedestrian amenities, local partners will provide information, demonstrations and interactive exercises intended to create healthy people and places. The Pacoima Health Zone will take place from 10am to 3pm in and around Pacoima City Hall: 13520 Van Nuys Boulevard, Pacoima, CA 91331. Participating partners include: Melendrez, L.A. Care Health Plan, Northeast Valley Health Corporation, Valley Care Community Consortium, San Fernando Community Health Center, Theodore Payne Foundation and California State University Northridge.
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