Submitted by Josh Post
WHAT: Urban planner James Rojas will lead the community in “Rethinking Glendale Blvd.,” a free interactive workshop to beautify a car-clogged corridor in the Echo Park neighborhood. Rojas invites adults and children to use colorful blocks and recycled objects to shape their visions toward a revitalized Glendale Boulevard. The event is a collaborative effort between Rojas, community organizer Josh Post and Echo Park Patch.com.
Participating adults and children
BACKGROUND:In the early 1900s, the area of Glendale Blvd. between the Glendale Freeway (CA Highway 2) and Berkeley Avenue, then known as Edendale, was home to silent movie studios, rail travel and a growing artist community. The same five-block stretch of Glendale Blvd. has deteriorated during the past decades. Trash-strewn sidewalks, graffiti-scarred warehouses and weed-infested lots mar this historic corridor.In 2011, community organizer Josh Post, who recently filed papers to run for Los Angeles City Council, led an effort to begin revitalization of this neglected area. Saturday’s workshop follows Post’s neighborhood clean-up in November that drew more than 50 locals who bagged trash, pulled weeds and wiped-out graffiti.During the Saturday workshop, participates will create small-scale models of their visions of a renewed Glendale Blvd. The ideas gathered from the event will be shared with local government, community groups and residents for future revitalization projects.
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