Temple Street Slow Jams is a creative call to action for safer streets. In 2017 and 2018, Public Matters is designing and leading community-based education and engagement projects on Temple Street in Historic Filipinotown and Echo Park as part of the City of Los Angeles’ Vision Zero Initiative to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025.
In the project’s first year, 2017, neighbors, artists, community groups, and project 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 during one week in June.
In 2018, Public Matters is drawing on partnerships old and new to: 1) engage in local conversations and collect data on traffic safety conditions on Temple; 2) increase advocacy around safe streets; and 3) build awareness about forthcoming safety improvements from the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Transportation and Bureau of Engineering.
Face-to-face, street-level, and conversation-driven interactions guide Public Matters’ creation of creative and participatory strategies. Over the two years, residents, local organizations and businesses, older adults, students and families have participated in formal meetings, informal gatherings and events, all in the hope of turning Temple Street into a safer, more welcoming place for people.