Re-thinking North Figueroa Street, one vegan black bean slider at a time

Josef from the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop jots down notes at Aug. 19, 2011 meeting. Photo by Michael Gardiol

When you want to bring neighbors together to re-imagine a large street running through the heart of their community, you need a good name for your group. This past Friday, August 19, 2011, a cadre of people came together in our little bike shop to share their ideas and offer up suggestions for making North Figueroa Street’s better for bikes, businesses, buses, neighbors, and pedestrians.

Plant Food for People provided the food, Pepe’s Liquor the 1554 ale, and La Gracia & the Bike Oven brought the tables and chairs.

As promised at the meeting, here is a survey you can pass around to help us pick a name for our group:

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If you’d like to read more about what happened at the meeting, the Arroyo Seco Journal published an article by Margaret Arnold about it,”Re-Thinking North Figueroa Street” on Saturday, August 20, 2011. The Highland Park-Mt. Washington Patch also covered the event in a story by Andrea C. Quezada, “Bikeways Planning Begins for North Figueroa“, published on August 22, 2011. Michael Gardiol and his lovely dog Ginger were also in attendance at put together a blog post about the meeting and a photo album.

The meeting was broken up at the end by a couple of tap shoe wearing little girls. The last black bean burger slider was scarfed. When the coconut-based ice cream was all gone we sighed and everyone seemed to feel that this was as good a start as any for a project like this.

We are working on our next meeting location and time. If you want to stay connected, email (for now).

If you want to pass around the survey on Facebook, Twitter, or any other site you can use the link to this post or us the following link which goes directly to the survey:

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  1. Posted August 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    AHHHH I can’t decide there all good. I like Butterfly Project because of the explanation Jerry gave, something about the map of the Arroyo Seco looking like a butterfly and Figueroa being the body. But Butterfly’s are so cutesy I may want to hurl. I also like “Sharing Figueroa” because it means inclusion for everyone. Going to think about it.

    Also as soon as we decide on the name. We can start working on the logo. Hopefully if we get the name in time we can have some examples for everyone to look at at our next meeting. Susan C. Weber Graphic Designer/Artist extraordinaire has agreed to help us.

  2. Sandra
    Posted August 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Best of luck on this endeavor. I salute you on your effort to unite and build community. Viva Northeast Los Angeles!!

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