Come join us at the 1st annual Beach Streets Uptown event tomorrow!

Beach Streets

June 6th, 2015 – 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Beach Streets Uptown opens streets up for walking, bicycling, and socializing by temporarily closing thoroughfares to automobile traffic. Known more generally as Open Streets events, similar events are now occurring across the world, and are a common way of pursuing innovative strategies to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals. The City of Long Beach, with funding from Metro, will use Beach Streets Uptown to showcase local neighborhoods, businesses, and parks, as well as local transit, health, and recreation options. The route will feature Atlantic Ave., from Wardlow Rd. to Houghton Park, and is an invitation to re imagine how we use our streets.

There are several key ways the City hopes to use Beach Streets as in invitation to think differently about our streets. “Beach Streets” is an invitation to:

  • Consider local transit when getting around. Metro and LB Transit will be great ways to get to the event without having to deal with the stress of driving and parking.
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  • Explore local businesses and services. Try a new restaurant; explore a new retail store; find a business service that suits your needs.
  • Learn about local healthy eating and recreation options via our Health Department and Parks Department.
  • Walk or bike farther than you’ve ever done so before. The event route is free of automobile traffic, and bicycle and pedestrian access to the event will be provided to and from the L.A. River and the Metro Blue Line via temporary separated bike lanes on Wardlow Rd.

In addition come enjoy the petting zoo, farmers market, a heal zone, face painting, a ballon artist, shopping, food and so much more!

Contributed by Beach Streets

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Downtown Long Beach is Experiencing a Renaissance!

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Keeley Smith from the Long Beach Post reports that the Downtown Long Beach Associates have recorded six million tourist for 2014 and $2 billion investments in real estates transactions, forecasting a new renaissance for the city of Long Beach.

The report indicates that 53 percent of Long Beach’s (DTLB) residents are under the age of 35, bike usage has increased over 21 percent and retail, restaurants and professional services account for 75 percent of new businesses in the area for 2014.

“There’s been continued talk about potential in Long Beach. Now we’re moving beyond the talk and getting results. Downtown is truly going through a renaissance” confirms Communications Manager Brian Addison.

Factors for the economic growth include people’s disposable income overall which includes downtown’s residents and visitors. The economy boost definitely includes the city of Long Beach.

Long Beach is also keeping up with the driving change that is taking place downtown and caters to bike cyclist. The 21 percent mentioned earlier are a part of the younger and wealthier residents that average an annual income of $58, 900- 54 percent of whom are male.

With a larger residential population, Addison predicts more disposable income, which will attract more retail, which will then attract more quality downtown.

Contributed by Long Beach Post