Los Angeles Great Streets Challenge Grant Award Winner

Los Angeles, CA

Street Beats was a collaboration safe streets community engagement tool that took place in Los Angeles’ Hyde Park neighborhood. The project was set out to transform one of Los Angeles’ most dangerous traffic intersections into a musical element to be played collaboratively by passers-by.

With crosswalks transformed into keyboards, DJ booths, an upright piano, the “Bench Beats,” and custom beat-making iPads set up on each corner; the one-day installation created an opportunity for residents to have fun while re-envisioning an inhumane and neglected streetscape.

Media coverage:
Streetsblog Los Angeles
Architect’s Newspaper

Street Beats team: 
SML (Designer): Michael MacDonald
Ride On!: Adé Neff
Community Health Councils: Naomi Iwasaki, Andres Ramirez
T.R.U.S.T. South LA: Malcolm Harris, Estuardo Mazariegos, Sandra McNeill, Marlene Salazar

Sound system: Paul Cheatham
Community volunteers: Drummers Wit’ Attitude, KAOS network, Al McKie, and many others
Traffic engineering & control: LADOT
Roadway installations: Traffic Management Incorporated

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