Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative

LANI revitalizes neighborhoods by engaging people and building vibrant public spaces. We work with residents, businesses, community groups, and local leaders to create walkable, green, safe neighborhoods with access to healthy lifestyles, open spaces, public transit, and economic opportunities.

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  • PLAY ·2023 Grants Challenge
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    Safe, Walkable, Green Neighborhoods For All

    LANI partners with residents, businesses, community groups, and local leaders to create vibrant neighborhood improvements and increase equitable access to parks and open spaces, safe pedestrian environments with trees and greenery, local beautification and placemaking, and enhanced transit hubs. Understanding that community members know their neighborhoods best, LANI empowers people to take an active role in planning and building the neighborhood improvements they need and want. Together, we revitalize neighborhoods, one block at a time.

  • PLAY ·2022 Grants Challenge

    Let's Create Western Gage Median Park!

    Western Gage Park transforms two vacant lots in a disadvantaged neighborhood with little green space; thanks to community efforts since 2007, the Tot Lot opened in 2020, and the Median Park will break ground in 2023. LANI will facilitate a community-led design process so that Median Park meets residents' needs and reflects the neighborhood. We will work with a local Steering Committee and solicit ideas from everyone in the community, at in-person events and online, and the chosen park design will be presented at a groundbreaking celebration!

  • CONNECT ·2021 Grants Challenge

    Mobile Digital Community Meeting Kit

    Our Mobile Digital Community Meeting Kit will help bridge the “digital divide” in low-income, immigrant, and primarily BIPOC neighborhoods that prevents stakeholders from engaging in community planning and improvement projects. We will provide supported, COVID-safe access to digital meetings, surveys, and other community-wide interactions using Meeting Kit laptops, tablets, and WiFi hotspots. We will also offer general digital literacy resources to help people more broadly connect to technology and information.

  • PLAY ·2020 Grants Challenge

    #SelfiesforAll: Creating Public Art Together

    We will create small-scale public murals, or “selfie spots,” in 3 neighborhoods - the Byzantine-Latino Quarter, Watts, and El Sereno - to attract locals and visitors and serve as cultural place-making icons. Each art piece will be designed and executed by local artists with community volunteers of all ages, and will celebrate the multigenerational bonds and unique local culture of its neighborhood. The selfie spots will bring new visitors and economic activity to each neighborhood, and connect friends and family of all ages to play and share.

  • CONNECT ·2016 Grants Challenge

    Fixing the Cracks: Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program

    LANI and the Urban Forestry Division will work hands-on with community members to guide them through the process of repairing their cracked sidewalks, making the streets of Los Angeles safer for all.