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Our vision for 2050 is a city where DIY social spaces are more common than gas stations, Starbucks, liquor stores or police cars. A city where each neighborhood, each set of blocks, has its neighborhood space where people regularly meet, catch-up on the news and gossip, hatch new projects and just enjoy being connected. The challenge in LA is that even the small park or plaza can take years to get approved and built and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. In contrast, our Community Living Rooms or Salas Publicas, just take weeks to build and cost less than $5,000. The keys elements are: • Tapping neighborhood volunteers wealth of knowledge, skills and commitment. • Creating and building simple, functional designs together using basic, available materials. • Taking advantage of available land—in alleys, sidewalksidewalks, adjacent to churches, temples, non-profits and collaborating businesses • Improving spots where people already gather—at bus stops, by the corner store, at the entrance to the alley. This project pulls people out of their homes, brings neighbors together to work together, builds social relationships while transforming an underutilized space into a play space for the community. It combines DIY culture with community building, with members donating their own time and labor to beautify and change how they use their alleys and local spaces. All of LA also benefits in the following ways from our project: • engages and demonstrates how a small group of neighbors can create their own mobile source of space given limited space across the city • triggers a chain reaction of neighborhood change – once neighbors see the changes they make, they join or invite others to build new projects. • It challenges the car culture – to get out and work with your neighbors to build something that is shared in the local neighborhood. • It creates safe streets and neighborhood engagement in creating in addressing public safety • It builds community networks across communities • It is an intergenerational approach involving neighbors of all ages and all backgrounds.See Idea Details remind me