Think Labs @ Van Nuys and LACMA West

A LA/2B participant looks through found objects to design his ideal street at our LACMA Think Lab.

Last week, when we loaded up our City station wagons destined for our Think Labs with maps, signs, boards, and easels, we didn’t quite know what to expect. The Department of City Planning conducted extensive outreach for the Think Labs, installing our announcements on transit shelters and bus benches around the city, emailing stakeholders, contacting Neighborhood Councils and every Council Office, and disseminating a press release to over a hundred news outlets and blogs. On one hand, something as pressing as transportation surely was important to Angelenos; on the other hand, at such an early visioning phase, it was unclear what sort of feedback we’d get.

Well, it turned out to be a lot of fun, and we got a lot of feedback.


Participants viewing maps from our map gallery at the LACMA West Think Lab Event held on Saturday, February 25.

Participants viewed many maps from our map gallery. The maps displayed various transportation issues such as traffic congestion, pedestrian fatalities, and transit usage rates in Los Angeles County. People got a chance to see these poster-sized maps in person and many found them highly informative and surprising. Some did not realize the vast extent of our bus system as well as our high urban density. We will soon be launching an on-line series of these maps.

At another station, participants voted for complete street characteristics. They voted on what particular street features they would like to see on their future streets. LADOT was there as well, fielding questions and receiving input on wayfinding signage.

Participants told us the streets they use for their short trips and long trips, and the locations of their main streets on these maps.

At Van Nuys City Hall, we had a group of 20 people: many of the participants were each others’ neighbors and from local Neighborhood Councils. At LACMA West, we had a crowd of 45 people. Participants included non-profit groups such as the LA County Bicycle Coalition, college students, and children.

All of the comments and submissions, in addition to the on-going discussions on our virtual town hall, will be used to develop the complete streets network and form the goals, objectives, policies and programs for the update of the Mobility Element. Community data collected from interactive maps will also be analyzed. Participants also had the opportunity to design their ideal street using lego pieces and other found objects.

Here’s to hoping that, if you haven’t participated online yet or did not attend the Think Labs last week, that you’ll be attending the ones this coming Saturday, March 3rd. We’ll see you there!

9:30 to 11:30 AM

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

501 N Main Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

1:30 to 3:30 PM

Pacoima Neighborhood Constituent Services Center

13520 W Van Nuys Blvd

Pacoima, CA 91331

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One Response to Think Labs @ Van Nuys and LACMA West

  1. I really like that the Planning Dept and LADOT are working together in a proactive way that actually asks us, the citizenry, what we think.

    I’d like it a whole lot better if there were real folks with real email addresses rather than anonymous missives from the City… it would feel so much better if real humans were part of the dialogue.



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