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Project RENEW


Last March a new plan was drafted for neighborhoods surrounding Blue Line and Green Line stations in South Los Angeles. Isn’t it time you joined the conversation to create ...

                • Safer routes to school
                • Easier access to trains and buses
                • Better places to live, work and play
                • Greener, walkable and bikeable streets
                • A healthier lifestyle with less stress?

This is an opportunity to transform the stations and the neighborhood, making them a source of community pride. City Planners want to confirm what they heard through out the plan development process and provide a vision of a future that could be possible with your help. To learn more about being part of directing the future of your neighborhood, attend the next workshop:

Thursday, February 16th, 2012: LA Trade Technical College (Room TE-101 at 2215 SE Grand St), 6-8PM. Trade Tech flyer.

For more information or to learn how you can share your ideas and vision for the neighborhood, contact Mark Glassock, Community Liaison, or call 323.295.9372 x213.

What Is Project RENEW?
As part of the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the County of Los Angeles received a 2-year grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) to sponsor the Renew Environments for Nutrition, Exercise, and Wellness in Los Angeles County (“RENEW”) projects.

Project RENEW consists of 10 health-based initiatives throughout Los Angeles County.  The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health contracted with several municipal agencies and community–based organizations, including LA City Planning, Public Health Foundation Enterprise and Community Health Councils to accomplish the goals of the CDC though the RENEW programs.

What Is a TOD?
A Transit Oriented District (TOD) is the development of compact, walkable community centered around high quality transit systems. This type of design makes it possible to live a healthier life without complete dependence on a car for mobility.

A TOD is designed to:
Increase the quality of life for residents in the area by providing better places to live, work, and play. This includes promoting a healthier lifestyle by creating an environment that supports walking and biking by:

  • Increasing access to neighborhood features such as stores, parks, schools, libraries and transit
  • Encouraging safe pedestrian and transit corridors
  • Integrating transit systems into the fabric of the community
  • Managing parking within a-ten minute walk circle around transit centers.

TOD can also increase transit ridership, which can help alleviate traffic congestion, reduce car accidents, and decrease pollution.

Why Transit Oriented Districts?
One initiative is to reduce the incidence of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases by reducing barriers to exercise and encouraging physical activity.   This goal will be met through the design of 9 Transit Oriented Design Plan (TOD’s) along the Metro Blue and Green Lines in the City of Los Angeles.  The TOD Plans will:

  • Include land use, urban design standards and streetscape designs that improve pedestrian and bicycle access to the transit stations and major neighborhoods destinations such as parks, grocery stores, libraries and schools.
  • Incorporate different types of transportation at each of the stations areas to improve access to and from stations and decrease the use of vehicles and the need for parking.
  • Policies and implementation measures that will be adopted in the South/Southeast Los Angeles Community Plans.
TODs and Your Health
TODs encourage exercise and regular physical activity by improving access to parks, recreation and senior centers
. Regular exercise and physical activity help to reduce rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases such hypertension and heart disease.

TODs increase access to fresh foods. Convenience of stops connected to markets where fresh produce is sold, increases dietary nutrients and variety and reduces transportation barriers to access fresh foods.  Better eating leads to decreased obesity and heart disease.

TODs reduce driving in an area which in turn decreases the amount of exhaust and environmental pollution and helps improve air quality. Environmental pollution contributes to the high incidence of asthma, environmental mutation/defects, particularly among our youth.  

TODs encourage alternate modes of transportation such as walking to bus stops, train station and park. Increased exercise and physical activity can help reduce the rates of obesity and heart disease heart disease.

TODs increase pedestrian, bicycle and automobile safety through smart design. Design enhancements can reduce personal and property crime as well as make pedestrian corridors safer for all residents older and younger.

For more information, please contact Malcolm Carson, Policy Director, or call 323.295.9372 x239.

Made possible by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.