People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), offers community groups a means to transform underused areas of streets into pedestrian-oriented public spaces. Launched in January 2014, the program provides a step-by-step process for the initiation, design, and installation of parklets and plazas by community-led teams in partnership with the city.
utopiad.org, Berry and Linné, and Emily Morishita worked with LADOT and a team of consultants to develop design guidelines, technical specifications, and a graphic identity for the People St program. Organized as a kit-of-parts, the guidelines include design criteria, recommendations for materials and furnishings, and detail drawings for both parklets and plazas. A key component of the kit-of-parts is a collection of parklet designs and details pre-approved by the city.
People St was honored for Achievement in Active Transportation by the Southern California Association of Governments Sustainability Awards in 2014. The project received an Award of Excellence for Planning Best Practices from both the Los Angeles and California Chapters of the American Planning Association in 2015, followed by a National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice in 2016.