The Santa Monica Beat: Musings from the West Coast
Melissa Hege, AICP of South Florida-based Melissa Hege City Planning LLC. highlights Santa Monica, California's successful implementation of creating great street environments.
Last month I was lucky enough to hop on a plane to Los Angeles, thanks to my mom for watching the kiddies and my husband for letting me tag along on his work trip. And what a treat. In terms of planning and urban design, here’s a part of the country that really gets it right.
One Uber ride to Santa Monica from West Hollywood and I was greeted by this! A multi-tasking street with a mesmerizing pedestrian promenade, exclusive bike lanes, creative seating and festive overhead lighting.
A few steps further led to a modern and rather inviting bike station. Individuals can rent bikes or use their own bikes to commute around town while bike techs service their bikes and store them during the day. Most of these stations are located on the ground floor of parking structures which have been built in partnership with the city.