South Park Business Improvement Lands Major Victory with Sidewalk Initiative

The South Park Business Improvement has been very effective in its efforts to address the issues city sidewalks present the booming area of downtown. BID has received a great deal of assistance from Councilman José Huizar, as well as the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, and the Bureau of Engineering and Bureau of Street Services. Through this support system, the BID had the conditions to fund a pilot program with 800 sidewalk locations being improved in terms of safety and being brought to the specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The South Park Business Improvement has been very effective in its efforts to address the issues city sidewalks present in the booming area of downtown. BID received a great deal of assistance from Councilman José Huizar, the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, the Bureau of Engineering, and the Bureau of Street Services. Through this support system, the BID was able to fund a pilot program with 800 sidewalk locations receiving safety improvements and being brought to the specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Once the priority of the program was set, namely sidewalk repairs for the area, the BID was able to come up with solutions to improve the 32-block district over the entire year. 2014 also saw the emergence of a new technology that identifies issues with sidewalks and fixes them without the use of excessive intervention such as demolition and replacement. The program used state-of-the-art software with GPS mapping and patented technology to repair the existing infrastructure, reducing the amount of necessary reconstruction.

The program was approved by the Board of Public Works in December 2014 and work began this past January. According to José Huizar, one of the largest supporters of the program, “The resulting public-private partnership is a powerful demonstration of what can be accomplished when the City and property owners work collaboratively toward a common goal.” Huizar also noted the impact that the project has had on South Park, although the actual time spent solving issues took less than 14 work days, with zero complaints recorded. The program, put in place by BID, was also cost-effective with an estimated $180,000 saved compared to other repair methods.

With this model in place, the City may now turn to other areas of L.A. where 4,400 miles of hazardous sidewalks are yet to be repaired.