A pedestrian and transit plaza in Pico Union is slated for expansion, per a motion introduced by 1st District Councilmember Gil Cedillo.

The existing plaza - completed in 2009 at the intersection of Pico Boulevard, Lake and Hoover Streets - was created by upgrading formerly desolate patches of concrete with new furniture, landscaping pedestrian lighting and other placemaking features.

A second phase of the project, driven by the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative and the Byzantine Latino Quarter business improvement district, will expand the plaza to the north through a curb extension along an adjoining property at 1266 S. Lake Street.  The land owner has already given permission for for this action, which requires no new funding.

LANI has also built a similar plaza at the intersection of Pico and Normandie Avenue.

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The same space in 2007. Image via Google Maps.

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City Looks to Update Land Use and Transportation Along Rail-to-River Corridor

A freight railway that cuts through South L.A. is set for rebirth as an active transportion corridor.

In 2012, Metro began exploring the possibility of transforming a segment of a former freight rail right-of-way that cuts through the heart of South Los Angeles into an active transportation project.  The project, now known as the Rail-to-River corridor, would convert the Harbor Subdivision - which runs east-to-west along Florence and Slauson Avenues - for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

To capitalize on this investment, the Cit