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.
With our decade of experience working in Historic Filipinotown (Hi Fi), Public Matters designed and led the half-year community engagement process in both Hi Fi and Echo Park that preceded the activations in June 2017. The information gathered through sustained face-to-face, street-level interactions guided Public Matters’ creation of creative and participatory strategies that invited residents, businesses, and visitors into community conversations, multi-modal tours of the corridor (walking, biking, and jeepney), and participatory crosswalk choreography. During that week, the Temple Street Slow Jams activations turned the street into a safer, more welcoming place for people.
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.