The Key to Safe Streets: Five Cities Humanizing Street Design
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Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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Pop-Up MANGo

Santa Monica

CA

USA

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Project for Public Spaces
 on 
November 9, 2015
December 22, 2017

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Why it doesn't work?

The ability to experiment in a space and and receive feedback from future users is incredibly helpful in shaping neighborhoods and cities. While public input normally comes in the form of community meetings or charrettes, LQC approaches can lead to more well-informed, community-driven design concepts through iterative, field-tested experiments. Such was the case for the development of the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) in Santa Monica.

In 2013, urban planning and design firm, Meléndrez, was tasked with transforming a portion of Michigan Avenue into a more livable corridor through elements of traffic calming, landscaping, and amenities for pedestrians and cyclists. Along with a host of community participation workshops and meetings, the Meléndrez team hosted “Pop-Up MANGo”-- a temporary complete street festival where people from the neighborhood could interact with the potential roadway changes in a grassroots design process. The pop-up installation included a temporary traffic circle known to  lower the speeds of passing cars, a mini-park with planters and seating, live music, food trucks, and programming for children. Several Meléndrez staff and community organizations attended the event to interact with the public and record their feedback. Pop-up MANGo saw the attendance of over 400 community members and became an integral part of  Meléndrez’s final concepts and recommendations for the street. Ultimately, the installation afforded the firm an opportunity to test out various design strategies and find the best possible solution through a meaningful public participation process.  

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Photo credits, all: Meléndrez via FlickrFlickrFlickrFlickrFlickrFlickr 

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Website: melendrez.com

Facebook: facebook.com/Michigan-Avenue-Neighborhood-Greenway

Twitter:@melendrez_la

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Organizers were present at the event and helped facilitate this Placemaking experiment
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Experimenting with the potential of a traffic circle using low-cost matierals
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DIY Street Beautification
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A venue for community participation
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