A Six-Year Grassroots Effort Planted in Time for Earth Day

A not-so-uncommon conversation between neighbors about the lack of pedestrian safety on their street escalated into an urban intervention that would reshape and green one of the busiest streets of their Long Beach, CA neighborhood. On Saturday, April 13, those neighbors: Studio One Eleven’s Michael Bohn and Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee, together with over 200 Long Beach volunteers and Belmont Heights residents, completed a six-year grassroots effort to calm traffic and promote pedestrian activity across Broadway through new landscaped medians. The medians transferred one-third of an acre of asphalt into permeable landscape, reducing storm water run-off, to feature 6,600 plants such as agave, kangaroo paw, limonium and blue senecio over (almost) one-quarter mile. All in time for Earth Day.

Adding more green to the conversation: Belmont Heights residents successfully raised funds to cover the costs of irrigation and plant materials.

To learn more about this project, click the links below:

Long Beach Press Telegram:  Belmont Heights median project nears completion
LA Streetsblog: Belmont Heights Medians Are Complete with Slower Traffic and More Pedestrians

 




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