Destination: Slauson

Can the Slauson Corridor a become destination instead of a pass-through area for traffic?

Yes. It can be a neighborhood jewel and a central city square like any other — perhaps with coffee shops, bookstores, shops and restaurants. Maybe a grocery store or a community center belongs on the stretch of Slauson reaching from Angeles Vista to La Brea. With creative planning and community support, the junction of some the city’s most well-to-do neighborhoods including View Park, Windsor Hills and Ladera Heights, can become a Larchmont Village or a Leimert Park. Who knows, maybe it becomes View Park Village or Windsor Hills Square.

The Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is spearheading the Slauson Corridor Revitalization Project, which is striving to make a new vision for the neighborhood a reality. Task forces have been working to determine how best to significantly improve the quality of life for area residents. Streetscape improvements are already underway to make the corridor safer for pedestrians, in addition to cars. Students studying business, urban planning, and real estate at USC and UCLA are putting together proposals for the annual NAOIP Real Estate Challenge that focus on how to bring new development to the corridor. Also, last Sunday, residents expressed themselves creatively at the Mobile Mural Lab that was parked at Simply Wholesome. Participants drew and wrote down their ideas and memories about the communities surrounding the Slauson Corridor. The residents’ vision will help shape the work of Commons, the Leimert Park-based civic art non-profit, which has been tasked with helping community stakeholders identify the distinctive cultural assets that characterize the Slauson Corridor. After two “branding” meetings over the course of the next six weeks, the organization will create a vision plan that will help guide the development of public improvements, branding and economic development for the neighborhood.

On December 3, the Department of Public Works, in coordination with the Public Improvements Taskforce, hosted the first meeting on the Environmental Impact Report for the Slauson Ave Streetscape at the Junior Blind.  The public comment period to weigh in with feedback and concerns runs through December 15.

L.A. Commons will host a final branding meeting and community event celebrating the work done to re-imagine the corridor and showcasing local businesses on Saturday, December 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. along the Slauson Corridor.  Click here to download the flyer.