LANI works with communities to implement improvement projects that include–but are not limited to—business façade improvements; street-tree plantings; new parks and open space; and transportation enhancements such as crosswalks, pedestrian lighting, secure bus shelters and transit plazas. LANI projects often create spaces that uniquely celebrate the culture and diversity of the neighborhoods they serve.
Mayor Richard Riordan and a group of dedicated transportation advocates formed LANI in 1994 as a “City Partner” to expedite public improvement projects and serve as a liaison between neighborhoods and their local governments for those projects.
In the 20 years since its founding, LANI has delivered tangible results to 32 communities across Los Angeles County. These projects have often led to community action and additional projects that have revitalized entire neighborhoods.
LANI understands that communities know best what they need. To implement this principle, LANI
- Mobilizes stakeholders determined to turn their neighborhoods around
- Empowers communities to make and implement decisions
- Fosters knowledge, leadership and consensus-building skills within the community.
LANI’s projects improve community quality of life and build neighborhood main streets that reflect local pride and character. The unique combination of stakeholder empowerment and infrastructure improvements in LANI projects have attracted new businesses, jobs and customers, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars in new investments.