Just Public Space

Vibrant, cohesive neighborhoods are possible when community members know what is being planned for their neighborhood and how they can help shape those plans.

That’s why:

Los Angeles needs a long-term budgeted plan that encompasses the entire public right-of-way, based on an articulated vision for the future of our city. That’s what a true Capital Infrastructure Plan (CIP) is.


Our mission for 2023 is to show it can be done and actually  create one.

To create a better LA, we need a plan for our sidewalks, streets, lights, buses, trees, and anything else related to living fully and moving freely throughout LA’s public realm. This plan should be informed by the people who live here, particularly those who have experienced historic disinvestment. 

It starts with an inventory of Los Angeles’ public assets as a starting point (and we’re working on this now!).

We also recognize that how we treat our public space has a direct link to our current crises around affordable housing and homelessness. In the most urgent cases, the streets themselves become housing.  The rules we create about who is welcome to use public space, and the ways those rules are enforced, often make things worse. We will incorporate these pressing issues into our work.

Join us:

We need people who understand this critical need and are active in the process. To that end, we are creating resources to help you learn about CIPs and get involved in the creation of the first one for LA. This space  will be regularly updated with resources as we produce them.

We offer several ways to learn and collaborate with us: 

  • Live online workshops (check our Events page)
  • Videos on demand (of those live online workshops)
  • Slides from the workshops
  • Detailed blog posts
  • Visual storybooks
  • Surveys

We also welcome you to contact us directly if you have ideas and/or questions about how LA manages its public right-of-way: hello@investinginplace.org 


Keep scrolling to get started!


Hiding in Plain Sight: Billions in LA Public Funding – November 2022

Learn:  What is a CIP?  |  Why LA is dysfunctional without one  What having a CIP can do for LA

Hiding in Plain Sight presentation video
Hiding in Plain Sight slides
CIP factsheet
Hiding in Plain Sight blog post
blog post



Psst! Look Back to Look Forward: Why LA City’s Budget Process Doesn’t Work – December 2022

Learn: How LA creates its annual budget  How much money there is and what it’s for  What information we still can’t find (after a LOT of looking)

LA Annual Budget presentation video
blog post
blog post
budget slides




Keeping Our House in Order: What LA Has Done, and What’s Next – January 2023

Learn:  Who manages LA’s public right-of-way | What has been done so far to address LA’s infrastructure issues Where and how are key decisions made?

blog post