A plan to improve pedestrian safety in the Aliso Village sector of Boyle Heights is one of seven city-wide projects that will share $2 million in city funds awarded through the Great Street Challenge as part of the Mayor’s Great Streets Initiative.

Winners of the challenge announced this month include Proyecto Pastoral’s Comunidad en Movimiento ongoing program to improve safety conditions for residents near the high traffic corridors of Fourth Street between Gless and Clarence Streets and First Street between Mission Road and Gless. Proyecto Pastoral plan includes “improving street crossings and signage and […] engaging residents to build a strong culture around safety,” according to the Great Street Challenge web page.

Proyecto Pastoral’s is one of four community organizations that will receive assistance to create a temporary “pop-up” project, while the remaining three will be able to build permanent street improvements. Each recipient will receive up to $13,000 for community outreach.

See a full list of recipients here.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti introduced the Great Streets Initiative in 2013 as a way to renovate major street corridors throughout the city. One of the initial streets chosen for the initiative was East César Chávez Avenue, Boyle Heights’ busiest commercial corridor.

In 2015 Garcetti announced the challenge grant program to award funding to community groups who submit their own projects.  The seven winners were chosen from 37 applications received in 2016.

“Our streets belong to the people who use them every day,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement announcing the winners. “These grants will allow the community to participate in “transforming streets across Los Angeles into vibrant, walkable spaces that reflect the unique character of their communities.”

The Comunidad en Movimiento program works with volunteer residents to seek solutions to concerns over the increased traffic on Fourth and First streets due in part to the demolishment of the Sixth Street Bridge and resulting street closures.

Last year Boyle Heights received $5 million in funds from the state’s Active Transportation Program for the improvement of sidewalks and additional pedestrian lighting in Aliso Village, which allowed for the installation of a much needed traffic light on Fourth and Pecan Street.

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