Koreatown is the densest neighborhood in Los Angeles, yet has the least amount of open space than any other community. We are proposing that vehicle traffic is rerouted between Normandie Ave. and Vermont Ave. so the street can be repurposed as a public plaza. This will provide open space for residents while boosting business on this corridor.
Community Feedback Survey
Why should we reimagine our streets?
– Koreatown is the most park-poor neighborhood in Los Angeles.
– Traffic violence is out of control. Most of our streets are on the high injury network.
– Small businesses are struggling to stay afloat in the wake of the pandemic.
– Community resources are inequitably distributed in Koreatown compared to Los Angeles as a whole.
– Koreatown has 12.7 acres of park space, 86.4 acres of sidewalks, and 451.9 acres of roadway.
– The majority of Wilshire Center Koreatown is not within a 10-minute walk of a park.¹
– Koreatown only has .5 acres of park space for every 1,000 people, compared to 9.2 acres of park space for every 1,000 throughout the city
– Each acre of park space in Koreatown serves 12,554 residents. On average, the City of LA has enough park space to serve 82 residents per every acre of parks.²
– Many of Koreatown’s streets are part of the high injury network, including 6th St. (see the map to the right).³
– People walking and biking are at higher risk of injury than those in a car. This is concerning since Koreatown is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in LA.
– Black, Brown, elderly, disabled, and unhoused people are more likely to be victims of traffic violence.⁶
Open Streets & Commerce
– Closing streets to cars results in a nearly a 10% increase in retail spending on those corridors.⁴
– Road reconfigurations that move away from prioritizing cars are proven to turn that corridor into a vibrant destination.⁵
– Cities like New York, Milan, San Francisco, Mexico City, Paris, and Bogota have seen increased commerce in areas where cars are
Proposed Vision for 6th Street from
Normandie to Vermont
Potential Community Amenities
– Street furniture like tables, chairs, benches, and shade umbrellas
– Pocket parks
– Trash cans
– Public restrooms and wash stations
– Charging stations
– Areas for pets
– Additional trees and other green space
– Dining areas
– Space for buskers and performers
– Art installations
– Community fridges or food distribution centers
Getting Support from Residents, Businesses, and Community Organizations
English Survey: https://forms.gle/p4DnNAdM1iwpE5fe7
Spanish Survey: https://forms.gle/WCSjXFXvChna1YTC6
Korean Survey: https://forms.gle/LiVgQtezFag4kmc38
Questions or Comments?
Contact Adriane Hoff,
President of WCKNC and
Chair of the Transportation &
Public Safety Committee
¿Preguntas o comentarios?
Comuníquese con José García,
Representante de Negocios y
Miembro del Transporte y
Comité de seguridad pública
¹The Trust for Public Land, https://parkserve.tpl.org/mapping/index.html?CityID=0644000#reportTop, Accessed 12 December 2020
²Koreatown Youth & Community Center, “Koreatown Environmental Report,” https://www.kyccla.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/KYCC_Koreatown_Environmental_Report.pdf,
Accessed 12 December 2020
³City of Los Angeles, “High Injury Network,” https://geohub.lacity.org/datasets/488062f00db44ef0a29bf481aa337cb3, Accessed 12 December 2020
⁴C. Reid, “Closing Central Madrid to Cars Resulted in 9.5% Boost in Retail Spending, Finds Bank Analysis,” Forbes, 8 March 2019,
12 December 2020
⁵L. Immediato, “This Stretch of Venice in Mar Vista Has Become a Destination All Its Own.” Los Angeles Magazine, 20 January 2020,
https://www.lamag.com/lalifeandstyle/mar-vista/, Accessed 12 December 2020
⁶M. Brozen, etal. “The Need to Prioritize Black Lives in LA’s Traffic Safety Efforts.” UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, December 2020
⁷TransAlt, “Op-Ed: Here are Some Cities Getting Open Streets Right.” StreetsBlog USA, 1 May 2020,
https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/05/01/op-ed-heres-some-cities-getting-open-streets-right/, Accessed 20 December 2020