Downtown Long Beach

Public Realm: Explore the Urban Landscape of DTLB.

Urban Exploration

One way to create vitality is to activate underutilized areas by turning them into attractive, comfortable and social public spaces. From The Loop at Pine + Ocean to Pow! Wow! Long Beach these low-cost and temporary additions to the built environment can be effective in remaking a public space quickly and cheaply while calling attention to the need for better placemaking on a larger scale.

Streetscape Beautification

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 Beautification projects are improving the function and aesthetics of our downtown streets.

Placemaking Challenge

The DLBA’s Placemaking Challenge is an annual grant program that offers funding to individuals and organizations interested in making physical enhancements in Downtown. The goal of these projects is to improve public safety, expand accessibility, and beautify the Downtown area. Subscribe to the DLBA e-newsletter to learn about future Placemaking Challenge opportunities.


The DLBA advocates on behalf of programs and projects that support and facilitate better pedestrian environments, stronger connectivity between key destinations, and other efforts that support the goals of the Downtown Plan and the DLBA Strategic Plan.

Do you have an idea of how to make DTLB a better place to be? Do you need help working with the city to complete your project? Email Placemaking Manager Sean Warner (

The DLBA strives to perpetuate economic vibrancy of Downtown Long Beach through placemaking. The act of placemaking seeks to draw on the social and cultural history of the community in order to create unique and memorable public spaces. 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.