September 15, 2014

Tomorrow at the California State APA Conference, Meléndrez will receive State APA Awards for Pop-Up Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) and Broadway Streetscape Master Plan.

Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) is receiving the Award of Excellence in the Public Outreach category. The Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) project gathered public feedback through a variety of ways, including a festival/workshop/installation called Pop-Up MANGo. The event was the first of its kind within the region, temporarily transforming the street to demonstrate proposed changes, such as: traffic calming devices, traffic circles, chicanes, curb extensions, enhanced landscaping, mini-parks and places for neighbors to gather. The event gave citizens an opportunity to see and evaluate public realm improvements during the planning process, hands-on.

Broadway Streetscape Master Plan is receiving an Award of Merit in the Urban Design category. The Master Plan provides a framework for streetscape and infrastructure improvements that will rehabilitate the street and enhance the pedestrian experience, support a thriving theater district, encourage life on the street to spur economic development, and celebrate the existing historic buildings and fabric. Currently the project is being implemented in a temporary pilot installation, which includes a reconfiguration of the six lanes of traffic into three lanes, enhancement of crosswalks, the addition of curbside parking to respond to business needs, and a "dress rehearsal" installation of sidewalk extensions delineated in the roadway with striping, special surfacing of the existing concrete roadbed, protection of these new pedestrian areas with bollards and planters, and street furnishings including movable tables, chairs and umbrellas.

The Awards brunch will take place at the Disneyland Hotel in the Grand Ballroom Tuesday, September 17, from 9:45 AM - 11: 15 AM. The ceremony will recognize best planning practices throughout the state, awarding outstanding achievement and raising public’s awareness of the field.