Through our PROGRAMS of Planning, Implementation and Maintenance, we plan to undertake many street-related projects.
Streets are the communal public rights of way that bind communities together. Attractive healthy streetscapes foster healthy communities and vice-versa. In many parts of the Industrial District, the streets, for a variety of reasons are unattractive and unhealthful (some times scandalously so).
Mosaic decorated trash can in Oakland California
Currently there are large portions in the Industrial District not covered by a Business Improvement District - these areas are where additional trash cans are most needed. This will require a partnership with the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation.
Given the volume of trash generated in the area (specifically in Skid Row), the BigBelly Solar Trash Compactor device shown in the video below would be an ideal addition. IDG plans to coordinate the installation of several of these for the Industrial District of downtown Los Angeles. Again, this will require partnering with the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation and area Business Improvement Districts as needed.
IDG views these efforts as preliminary steps in upgrading the quality of life on the streets which will eventually include shade trees, public art, and attractive street furniture. In downtown LA's Industrial District much of the street level infrastructure is lacking especially where residential populations, housed and homeless, are concentrated.
We intend to support and commission public art for downtown Los Angeles' industrial spaces. The pictures below are merely ideas from which we are taking inspiration.
According to Linda Slodki of the Mt. Airy Art Garage, the arts are a highly cost-effective way of driving economic revitalization in urban areas. However, the arts not only spur economic development but also ”shape our consciousness, create a collective attitude, inspire, remake behavior, and reduce stress.”
Dan Rosenfeld, in an article from The Atlantic Cities entitled "The Financial Case for Public Art" (May 28, 2012) states that "The intangible benefits of public art—aesthetic beauty, cultural interpretation, education, inspiration, and general improvement of the urban environment—are well-known. But because these are considered 'soft' benefits, they are sometimes dismissed as a low priority, especially during challenging economic times. However, experiences in Los Angeles show that public art can be a source of publicity and cash income, as well as beauty."