This month, Leimert Park Village will submit an application for a People St plaza, a stretch of the street that would be closed to car traffic for a year as part of a pilot program. (People St is a new program that streamlines the process for getting parklets and plazas approved.) To get the neighborhood psyched, several artists set up five interactive installations at this past weekend's Art Walk, including a functional drum machine built into a bench and a repurposed public telephone that tells whoever picks up the receiver a little bit about Leimert Park's history. All were aimed at creating interactions between people and place, and were created by Ben Caldwell of the KAOS Network artspace, and François Bar and Karl Baumann of USC, along with their Tactical Media class. Photos below and Streetsblog has even more.
· How LA is Making it Simple to Create New Parklets and Plazas [Curbed LA]
· Leimert Park Village [Official Site]