Support People Street Now! Westminster Ave. Plaza between Speedway and Ocean Front Walk
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Ocean Front Walk is a natural gathering space.
Almost every side street between Ocean Front Walk and Speedway off of the boardwalk has some type of patio seating or serves as a natural gathering area for locals and visitors during business hours.
In 2011, community members Laura Lee (former owner of Zelda's) and Alex from Venice311 amongst other community members starting re-envisioning Westminster Ave. between Ocean Front Walk and Speedway to be a more cohesive gathering space consisting of tables, chairs and umbrellas.
In 2013 when an Italian tourist was killed by man who drove onto the boardwalk the City of Los Angeles and many inter city agencies made a joint recommendation to support hard street closures that would allow community space to be both created and safe guarded to prevent another incident of this nature.
In 2013 the Venice Neighborhood Council supported and customized these recommendations, essentially supporting the creation of Plazas and Community space on all side streets of Ocean Front Walk other then those determined to be access points in case of emergencies.
In 2014, Westminster Ave applied for the People St program and vetted this idea receiving valuable feedback of which was incorporated and continues to be incorporated such as:
- Loading area for delivery vehicles and existing businesses on the street
- Minimal programming if any to respect noise levels and local residents.
- Non permanent furnishings (tables, chairs and umbrellas) that will be put out every morning and taken away every evening.
- Continuing to support local community members that are key figures on Westminster such as Brian, Vinnie and Tom.
- Eliminate the threat of ticketing or ticketing businesses who have had and continue to offering seating and umbrellas in front of their establishments.
Now we are back in 2017! One of the only reasons we were not granted the approval in 2014 was that they wanted to see more outreach. After almost 6 years into this process speaking to locals and tourists alike, a letter of support from our Councilman Mike Bonin, The Venice Chamber of Commerce and numerous letters of support of this process from the Venice Neighborhood Council we believe we are ready to go but we need YOU to sign this petition, voicing your support of the People St Plaza on Westminster Ave. between Speedway and Ocean Front Walk so we can make this happen once and for all! 2017 is our year!
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