This short video highlights Public Matters’ public engagement work for Temple Street Slow Jams – a 2017 Vision Zero LA Outreach and Education project in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown and Echo Park. It features narration from Emilia Crotty, Executive Director of Los Angeles Walks, and Shirley Ramirez, Public Matters Urban Futures Lab Fellow.
Temple Street Slow Jams was a creative call to action for safer streets: a community-based outreach and education project, and part of the City of Los Angeles’ Vision Zero Initiative to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025. During one week in June, neighbors, artists, community groups, and Temple Street Slow Jams partners – Los Angeles Walks, Public Matters, Gabba Gallery, and the Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California – transformed Temple Street from a high-speed roadway into a spectacular stretch of bold, beautiful art, and public performance.
Public Matters’ Urban Futures Lab Fellows led presentations, one-on-one conversations, and street-level interactions throughout the project. Together, the entire Temple Street Slow Jams team drew on its expertise to foster local awareness of the project, invite participation, and increase the visibility of Vision Zero along this High-Injury Network corridor.