Downtown Long Beach

Public Spaces: Un-cover the uniqueness of DTLB

Call For Artists: Explore DTLB! Sidewalk Decals

The DLBA is seeking design submissions from Long Beach artists and graphic designers for the creation of sidewalk decals that will be strategically placed throughout DTLB. The purpose of the sidewalk decals it to encourage on-foot exploration of Downtown’s unique neighborhoods, eclectic businesses and unexplored gems. Deadline to apply is May 16, 2018.

WalkDTLB The Loop @ Pine + Ocean

The Loop at Pine + Ocean is a 7,700 square foot interactive playground framed by a colorful 500-foot long, 25-foot high space truss. Designed with internal LED lighting and music the space truss radiates with an eye-popping pre-programmed light display each night. Upon entering The Loop, visitors are engaged by a combination of the arts, music, games, food & beverage, and other community-driven programming.

Streetscape Enhancements

From smaller scale projects such as bike lane planter pots, dog waste bag dispensers, holiday decorations, and street pole banners to large scale capital improvements such as Pine Avenue Refresh and Pine Avenue Security Cameras, the DLBA’s Streetscape Enhancement projects are improving the function and aesthetics of our downtown streets.

Placemaking Challenge

Our placemaking efforts seek to draw on the social and cultural assets of the DTLB community in order to create unique and memorable public spaces. We do this through our Placemaking Challenge, an annual grant program that offers funding for projects that improve public safety, promote social connections, and beautify the Downtown area. Do you have an idea of how to make DTLB public spaces better? Do you need help working with the city to complete your placemaking project? Email Placemaking Manager Sean Warner (


The DLBA advocates for better pedestrian environments, stronger connectivity between key destinations, and other efforts that support the goals of the Downtown Plan and DTLB: Vision 2020 Strategic Plan. We are currently working with the City of Long Beach on their update to sidewalk dining regulations and permitting.

Public Realm Committee

The Public Realm Committee provides guidance and input into DLBA’s placemaking and streetscape beautification projects. The current Committee Co-chairs are Debra Fixen, Property Manager at Shoreline Village and Sara Hickman, Sustainability Director at Studio One Eleven.

Guide to Public Spaces

The following page provides direction to stakeholders interested in using public space in Downtown Long Beach. There you will find City of Long Beach online resources and department contact numbers that pertain to a variety of private uses of sidewalks and other public spaces.

The DLBA strives to perpetuate the economic vibrancy of DTLB through investments in the public realm. Working with the Public Realm Committee, stakeholders, and community partners, the DLBA actively engages in placemaking projects both large and small, from flower pots to new public gathering spaces.