Intersection Repair - Using art to create safer streets and stronger communities

submission by corwinstephen

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Compiler LA,

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Compiler LA uses informed design, technology, and data to make Los Angeles a better place to live. is builds environments that connect people, improve density and walkability, and encourage sustainability.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


We want to create safer neighborhoods and stronger communities by giving locals the opportunity to use art to “repair” public intersections in their neighborhoods. A technique pioneered by the City Repair Project in Portland, intersection repair is a tested, cost-effective way to turn regular streets into places for people, making them safer and uniting neighbors through a common sense of ownership of and pride in their neighborhood.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

The Hub, Utopiad office in Solano Canyon

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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Provide open data

How will your proposal improve the following “Play” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to open space and park facilities

Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs

Per capita crime rates

Percentage of residents that feel safe in their neighborhoods

Attendance at major league sporting events

Residents within 1⁄4 mile of a park (Dream Metric)

Number of residents with easy access to a “vibrant” park (Dream Metric)

Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities (Dream Metric)

Number (and quality) of informal spaces for play (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to play.


Streets in Los Angeles were designed with cars in mind, and because of that, they’re not a welcoming place for people to linger and play. We don’t have the same opportunity here to gather and play in the streets that other cities have, and because of that, we face significant barriers to important social functions like meeting new friends, hosting group activities, and forming close bonds with neighbors. This project will foster safer, stronger communities by encouraging neighborhood residents to work together to design and implement “intersection repair.”

Intersection repair is a simple and fun technique that consists of collectively painting graphics, murals, and other public art in residential intersections. It’s relatively inexpensive, and has been shown to reduce crime, improve traffic safety, and strengthen the sense of community and communication amongst neighbors.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Since the goal of this project is to strengthen community by encouraging residents to enjoy public streets in their neighborhoods, one of the best success metrics is simply the number of people active on a street throughout the day. Conveniently, New York company Placemeter recently released a technology that makes it easy to use streaming video to count pedestrian activity with 95% accuracy (manual pedestrian counts are usually only 75% accurate!). We’ve spoken with Placemeter about using their technology to gauge our success, and they agreed to work with us on an initial implementation.

Throughout the life of the project, we will take measures to ensure that this type of data collection is a top priority. All data collected will be made available publicly, and we will use it ourselves to ensure that each implementation is as effective and successful as possible.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

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Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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Partnership on events

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Great work Stephen! ADCCLA

6 months ago

You got my vote! Good luck, Stephen!

by pasadenaville
5 months ago

The simplicity of this proven intervention belies the tremendous benefits it creates. This is just what this city needs in so many ways!

by TRP
6 months ago

This is a wonderful idea. This project will give LA a sense of "neighborhood", something that is sorely lacking.

by RLindner
6 months ago

I am very impressed with the extensive details in your plan. Such a unique and creative way to connect people in a community.

by JB2
6 months ago

There are so many talented artists out there; what a wonderful way to showcase their art. Also a great way to fight blight and give neighborhoods a sense of pride.

by Auntnettie123
6 months ago

Are you sure you don't want to spend an extra billion on widening the intersections for more cars and removing sidewalks so pedestrians will have to get cars?

by Bobterwiliker
6 months ago

LA Needs this sooooo bad

by kristigrassi
6 months ago

This is a great idea! Seems like a simple, inexpensive way to bring some more vibrance to the city and get people working together and engaging with our city.

by AB11
6 months ago

This is great. It's time to take back the streets.

by bombtom
6 months ago

Love this idea. It would inspire civic engagement, build community, inspire creativity and contribute to upkeep and maintenance of LA infrastructure.

by hilwhite1
6 months ago

Thank you!

by corwinstephen
5 months ago

Thank you! Anything you can do to help spread the word is greatly appreciated!

by corwinstephen
5 months ago

Well said! Thank you!

by corwinstephen
6 months ago

Thank you so much!

by corwinstephen
6 months ago

Thank you!

by corwinstephen
6 months ago

We agree!

by corwinstephen
6 months ago


by corwinstephen
6 months ago

Haha yes!

by corwinstephen
6 months ago


by corwinstephen
6 months ago

Thanks for your support!

by corwinstephen
6 months ago

Thanks Hillary!

by corwinstephen
6 months ago

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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