Neighborhood Movie Night and Urbanism Solstice Mixer

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The Mid City West Community Council (MCW) invites you to the Urbanism Solstice Mixer. The Council is hosting an evening of events based on the idea of urbanism. The evening starts with a social mixer with food provided by Twist Eatery and Open Space Café.  Then the screening of The Human Scale. Following the movie, the audience will be able to join members of the council on a community bike ride, featuring stops at locations relevant to the movie.

The evening of activities was an idea that started within the Transportation Parking and Streetscape (TPS) committee. “We wanted to have a fun night,” explained Taylor Nichols who is the co-chair of TPS committee. “This is an event for everyone in the community, where we can talk casually about the shape of our community. We are not talking about a specific project or agenda or motion.”

The Human Scale was directed by Andres Dalsgard and is a feature length documentary about the work of the famous architect and urbanist Jan Gehl.  “People might be more familiar with Jane Jacobs, who was a prominent urbanist in the 50s and 60s.  She was kind of the first to fight off big urban planners from destroying personable historic mixed use neighborhoods. She reminded us that cities are for people.”  explained Scott Epstein, chair of MCW. “Jan Gehl was the first to quantify that, to take measurements and develop The Human Scale, so we can build cities designed for people walking down the sidewalk, rather than people looking at them in airplanes.” The movie examines how this “human scale” is applied to five different cities. The bike ride following the movie has the goal of seeing how the human scale to applies to Mid City West.

The Mid City West Community Council represents a large area of Los Angeles.  (For a detailed map, click here) In the past year, the council has reviewed a lot of important projects for the city, including the Metro Purple Line Extension, the Academy of Motion Pictures Museum, and the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance. With so much going on in one neighborhood, the urbanism evening offers a chance to discuss visions of our city in a more fun way.

The Details:
Urbanism Solstice Mixer
Sunday June 21st, 5pm-10pm
Open Space LA
457 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles CA 90036