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Mayor Eric Garcetti Paves Way For 'Great Streets'

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(FOX 11 / CNS) Mayor Eric Garcetti today will officially announce the first 15 Los Angeles streets that will undergo a makeover under his Great Streets urban renewal program.

From Sandra Endo:

Bringing back Main Street. That's what Mayor Garcetti wants in every community.

At a news conference today Garcetti says, "Angelenos want to be able to eat, shop, and be able to take a walk in their neighborhoods and just spend time with their families," he added, "families shouldn't have to get in their cars to get a cup of coffee."

The city of Los Angeles is hoping to revitalize streets in every council district as part of the Great Streets urban renewal program.

The whole goal is to make specific streets more pedestrian friendly to attract business. A good example is Sunset Junction in silver lake or Glendale blvd in Atwater village- areas which were revitalized under the mayor's time as councilman.

The City is planning to identify 40 streets to revamp but so far15 streets will get the program going.

Some of the streets include San Pedro's Gaffey Street, Van Nuys boulevard in the San Fernando Valley, Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, and Cesar Chavez street in Boyle Heights.

One thing the city is behind on fixing is broken sidewalks. Only three of the 10 million dollars set aside to fix damaged sidewalks is being used this fiscal year which ends June 30th.

A proposal in the council would roll over the remaining 7 million for next year's sidewalk repair budget instead of throwing the money into general funds The mayor vows the problem will be addressed so streets and sidewalks will be accessible to everyone.

The mayor's office chose one street in each of the 15 council districts to receive improvements aimed at making them more pedestrian-friendly and livable.

The thoroughfares range from San Pedro's Gaffey Street to the San Fernando Valley's Van Nuys Boulevard, and from Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista to Cesar Chavez Street in Boyle Heights.

Garcetti is scheduled to discuss the chosen streets during a morning news conference in Northridge.

Those streets are located in:

  • Highland Park, along North Figueroa Street between Avenue 50 and Avenue 60, in the First District;
  • North Hollywood, along Lankershim Boulevard between Chandler and Victory boulevards, in the Second District;
  • Reseda, along Sherman Way between Wilbur and Lindley avenues, in the Third District;
  • Koreatown and East Hollywood, along Western Avenue between Melrose Avenue and Third Street, in the Fourth District;
  • Westwood, along Westwood Boulevard between Le Conte Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, in the Fifth District;
  • Van Nuys, along Van Nuys Boulevard between Victory Boulevard and Oxnard Street, in the Sixth District;
  • Pacoima, along Van Nuys Boulevard between Laurel Canyon and San Fernando Road, in the Seventh District;
  • Hyde Park, along Crenshaw Boulevard between 78th Street and Florence Avenue, in the Eighth District;
  • South-Central, along Central Avenue between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue, in the Ninth District;
  • Mid-Wilshire, along Pico Boulevard, between Hauser and Fairfax, in the 10th District;
  • Mar Vista, along Venice Boulevard between Beethoven Street and Inglewood Boulevard, in the 11th District;
  • Northridge, along Reseda Boulevard between Plummer and Parthenia streets, in the 12th District;
  • Hollywood, along Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue and Gower Street, in the 13th District;
  • Boyle Heights, along Cesar Chavez Avenue between Evergreen Avenue and St. Louis Street, in the 14th District; and
  • San Pedro, along Gaffey Street between 15th Street and the Harbor (110) Freeway, in the 15th District.

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