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. Working with the Public Realm Committee, stakeholders, and community partners, the DLBA engages in placemaking projects both large and small, from tree plantings to new public gathering spaces.
Over the past 18 months, the DLBA has worked with the City of Long Beach to develop a comprehensive wayfinding signage system that includes new gateway entries into the City, signs directing visitors to Downtown parking structures, pedestrian signage and maps to help visitors navigate Downtown, and signs identifying waterfront access points. The new wayfinding system will help promote Long Beach’s identity, make it easier for visitors to find their way around Downtown, and enhance the visitor experience.
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The Loop at Pine + Ocean
The Loop at Pine + Ocean is a 7,700 square foot interactive playground framed by a metallic 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.
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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 Placemaking Grants, a program that offers funding for projects that improve public safety, promote social connections, and beautify the Downtown area. Our Placemaking Grant Program is currently on hiatus, however if you have an idea of how to make DTLB public spaces better or need help working with the city to complete your placemaking project email Placemaking Manager Sean Warner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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In 2017, the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) commissioned artist Hataya Tubtim to create he first crosswalk art project in Downtown Long Beach. The goal of the project was to further support a vibrant pedestrian environment by adding a sense of delight and discovery to the public realm. Five unique designs were installed on Pine Avenue between 1st Street and 7th Street in March 2017. Each design recognizes the legacy of human enterprise during the first century of Long Beach’s development while acknowledging the importance of a vibrant marine environment along our coast.
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