Livable Neighborhoods


We all live in safe, vibrant, well-connected and healthy neighborhoods.

A neighborhood is more than the place you happen to live. It’s a source of pride and self-identification. A communal epicenter. The pLAn and its strategic initiatives help create the conditions for neighborhoods to thrive— by building Great Streets that can become local destinations, by providing safe transit and access to City services, and by stoking opportunities for social engagement and outreach. Advancing Vision Zero is also key to helping our residents feel safer as they bike and walk across the city.

Progress on 2017 Outcomes

Implement improvements on 15 commercial corridors/ Great Streets

Completed corridor-long infrastructure improvements on three streets — with three more slated for installation in 2017 — and spot improvements on six more. All fifteen corridors were served with enhanced street and sidewalk maintenance, small business support and cultural resources.

Achieve designation as an Age-Friendly City by the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities

The designation was received in 2016. The Mayor launched Executive Directive 17: Age-Friendly City Initiative: Purposeful Aging L.A., prompting key City departments to develop strategic plans to better serve aging population.



Progress on 2025 Outcomes

Increase L.A.’s average Walk Score to 75 by 2025

The Score is now 66, up from 64 in 2014. L.A. is the 13th most walkable large city in the U.S. with 3,792,621 residents. The City’s Transit Score stands at 51, and the Bike Score is 56.

Implement Vision Zero policy to reduce traffic fatalities

The Vision Zero Action Plan and Safety Study was released in January 2017. The goals include reducing fatalities 20% by the end of 2017 and eliminating traffic deaths by 2025. The Action Plan identifies 40 priority corridors with the highest concentration of fatal severe injury collisions.

Feature Story

New Legal-Aid Fund Defends Immigrants

A new public-private partnership provides legal assistance to immigrants facing deportation proceedings without a lawyer. The $10 million L.A. Justice Fund pools resources from the City ($2 million) and L.A. County ($3 million) with $5 million from the California Community Foundation, the Weingart Foundation and the California Endowment.

Two-thirds of people appearing in immigration courts in Los Angeles County face a judge and federal prosecutor without legal representation. An estimated 3,700 immigrant detainees are currently in custody in the Southland, and thousands more are at risk of detention in the future.

Los Angeles has long affirmed its character as a welcoming and inclusive place, and today many neighborhoods are strongly shaped by their immigrant populations. The pLAn promotes safety and access to services for all Angelenos.

Last year, Mayor Garcetti convened immigration forums to address community concerns about deportation policy. He and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced that the L.A. Police Department will continue to uphold Special Order #40—meaning officers will not initiate investigations solely to determine a person’s immigration status. Mayor Garcetti has joined municipal leaders from around the country in calling for President Trump to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.


“The L.A. Justice Fund will reach out to people who are American by every measure except the papers they hold—our family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers. They are part of our community, and we will fight for them.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Central Library Providing Citizenship Services to 34,000

34,000 people came through L.A. Central Library’s citizenship and workforce development services, including in-person services for 1,700 job seekers.


City Wins

Safer Cruising Down Van Nuys Boulevard

Since the Great Streets Initiative launched, the Pacoima stretch of Van Nuys Boulevard has gained an entrepreneur center, an open-air art gallery and 11,000-square feet of new sidewalk. Other fixes include high-visibility crosswalks, buffered and protected bike lanes and street resurfacing. Van Nuys Boulevard is part of Vision Zero’s High Injury Network—streets most plagued by severe and fatal traffic collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists.

Is Your Main Street a Great Street?

Get ready for round-two of the Great Streets Challenge. With eight community-led projects completed in 2016, dozens of other L.A. thoroughfares have a shot at greatness. The $2 million program encourages Angelenos to transform neighborhood streets into vibrant, walkable spaces reflecting their unique communal character. The City reviewed 37 applications for $13,000 grants, and seven winners were announced in February 2017.

Art Hits the Streets in Biennial Debut

A wave of cool art splashed across the City with last summer’s CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial. The month-long, water-themed festival brought temporary installations and free events to outdoor sites across 15 L.A. neighborhoods. Sponsored by the L.A. Department of Cultural A airs with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, CURRENT:LA Water reached 156 million viewers and attracted global media coverage in its inaugural year.


Partner Wins

Bikers Coalition Kicks into High Gear

The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) put its pedal- hardened muscle behind two great programs last year. The Active Streets L.A. project focused on bicycle lanes for South Los Angeles. And with the City’s Vision Zero Alliance, the coalition pushed for deeper engagement in low-income communities. Operation Fire Fly (Operacíon Luciérnaga), a program designed to educate Angelenos on nighttime bike safety, distributed 2,600 bike lights in 2016.

Main Street Watts Moving Forward Sustainably

Just one year since its launch, Watts Re:Imagined has already begun revitalizing the neighborhood’s core. The Natural Resource Defense Council-backed group won a grant to create a Health Action Plan at Watts Park Gateway, a proposed mixed-use urban living development. Another grant from the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy promotes water quality and green infrastructure. LEED Homes certification and high-level health metrics are built into the plan.

Neighborhood Council Network Expands

The Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance is growing fast. With 35 neighborhood councils on board, its supporter base more than doubled in 2016. Collectively the alliance represents roughly 1.6 million Angelenos. New working groups and issues committees have formed, holding citywide and community forums, sharing best practices, and organizing sustainability and resilience education, action and advocacy efforts.