Mayor Eric Garcetti offers $2.5 million to improve L.A. streets

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On Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that $2.5 million in street-improvement and community-outreach funding is up for grabs by L.A. community orgs. The grant money, from the third round of L.A.’s Great Streets Challenge, is earmarked for communities looking to create walkable areas.

“These grants will allow community groups to transform streets across Los Angeles into thoroughfares of opportunity, create corridors of open space, and build safer, healthier communities,” Garcetti said

Of course, not all applicants will get that money, nor will just one claim the prize. Instead, up to 10 community orgs will receive access to an urban planner consultant and funding to gather community input. Out of those, four will receive infrastructure investments, to be awarded over the course of 2020.

“Whether it’s planting a tree with the Pico Great Streets Collaborative, meeting with business owners in Pacoima, or conducting outreach at the South Robertson Community Festival, I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact community-based planning can have when Angelenos are empowered to create solutions for their most pressing issues,” Garcetti said.

The L.A. Great Streets Challenge is entering its third round of grants, and grew out of Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative, which began in 2013 with a goal of revitalizing busy streets by making them more business friendly and safe for pedestrians.

Potential community partners can apply online for the grant. Applications will be accepted through April 1, and nonprofits, business improvement districts, chambers of commerce, faith-based institutions and schools are all eligible.

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