“Welcome to Western” Festival Celebrates New Streetscape Improvements

The “Welcome to Western” community festival on Saturday celebrated the installation of new Western Ave. streetscape improvements, like this array of benches and stools near the HK Market at 124 N. Western Ave.

From October through December of last year, “Welcome to Western,” a streetscape improvement project for Western Ave., which is designated one Los Angeles’ Great Streets, worked on engaging neighbors and soliciting ideas for improvements to the local streetscape.  This week, new street furniture, pavement markings, and other items created by urban design group LA Más  to make the section of Western between First and Council Streets more colorful, fun and welcoming to pedestrians and business patrons, were installed…and then celebrated with a big community festival on Saturday, August 25.

The festival, centered in the parking lot of the HK Market at 124 N. Western Ave., included performances by Korean dancers, vocal and drumming groups, remarks from local city officials (including City Council Member David Ryu), booths from a variety of local community organizations (including the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, EmpowerLA, and the Koreatown Youth and Community Center), arts and crafts projects for all ages, food trucks, and a scavenger hunt featuring 10 nearby businesses.

The new streetscape improvements include:

  • 30 pieces of street furniture and new street markings near Western and 1st
  • 73 new trees planted
  • 75 colored light poles
  • 15 sets of aluminum palm leaves on light poles
  • 11 “Welcome to Western” posters at transit stations
  • 1 bus shelter mural (at Western & Beverly)
  • 20 bike racks on parking meters
  • 6 newly painted storefronts
  • 30 trash bins
  • 6 utility box murals
  • 2 mid-block crossings with flashing signals (on Western between 1st & 2nd, and Beverly & Council)

Here are some images from Saturday’s event, extending the community’s big “Welcome to Western!”


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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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