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First Street Master Plan
Los Angeles, CA


Mark Rios
Mike Cheng
Siobhan Burke
Tanya Patsaouras


We collaborated with Campbell & Campbell and Suisman Urban Design to develop this conceptual master plan for First Street in Los Angeles. The plan encompasses a two mile stretch from Grand Avenue to the Boyle Heights neighborhood and envisions a walkable urban corridor filled with pedestrian activity that would benefit current and future developments. From day-to-day activities to special cultural and arts events, First Street promises a sustainable vibrancy that will draw people to visit—and revisit—the areas it passes through.

The scope of the plan included studying the existing and proposed land use and circulation, and identifying potential locations for new development, parks, open spaces, and art installations.
The plan also made recommendations for integrating transit into the community, and included locations and ideas for gateways, signage and streetscape. Streetscape design guidelines were also included, providing direction for surfacing, lighting, and other amenities to help connect the community.

Recreational jogging paths, a retail promenade and a community park were envisioned as potential connections between First Street and the current revitalization of the Los Angeles River. New developments and opportunities for critical land uses such as housing and schools have opened and the “Downtown Renaissance” is still being experienced along this street.