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Vibrant, pedestrian-friendly streetscape designs unveiled in Lincoln Heights

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The project includes patterned sidewalks and murals below overpasses

Boy walks below overpass
The project includes murals livening up the space beneath freeway overpasses.
Photo by Jon Endow, courtesy LA Más

A new streetscape project near the border of Lincoln Heights and Cypress Park promises to make the area around the Lincoln/Cypress Gold Line station more walkable.

Nonprofit urban design firm LA Más unveiled a the project, called Go Ave 26, at a block party Saturday. Designed to liven up the area for pedestrians and public transit riders, the project includes:

  • A small public park with seating and a bit of shade
  • Murals beneath freeway underpasses, painted in white to lighten up the space
  • New signs clearly marking nearby streets and guiding people to the Metro station and bus stops
  • Patterned sidewalks and wrapped utility poles to clearly mark pedestrian spaces

As project partner Investing In Place notes, these design elements will make the experience of getting to and from the train stop a little more enjoyable for riders, addressing common concerns about the first-last mile journeys of commuters who depend on public transit to navigate the city.

The project is funded by TransitCenter and developed in partnership with Caltrans, Metro, the city of Los Angeles, LA Walks, Investing In Place, and LA County Bicycle Coalition. It’s a temporary demonstration and will be up until November, though LA Más says that some elements could be around for longer, or become permanent fixtures in the community.

Sign pointing to Broadway and Figueroa Courtesy LA Más
Courtesy LA Más
Sign pointing to Metro stop Courtesy LA Más