LA Loves a Street Party
This Sunday we headed to the celebration marking the opening of the new Gold Line extension in East LA. Since the event at Mariachi Plaza involved a closed street, we got to see throngs of people in the road. That’s a nice sight!
People know what to do if there’s an event in the street: they go out and join in.
But what if there is no specific attraction in the street?
Just a short distance from the Boyle Heights Block Party, people walked along the sidewalk of closed 1st Street, staying out of the four closed lanes that yawned across the empty street.
Angelenos know how to have a good street party, as our many festivals show, but do we know how to expand onto our streets when they are opened to us?
cicLAvia will feature many performances and activities, just to be sure that people have something to do. And then maybe, after a while, they will start to wander from one lane to the next, feeling the freedom to move through the large spaces we give over to traffic the rest of the week.
Besides, there will be so many people enjoying themselves that they’re going to spill off our narrow sidewalks anyway!