For the last two years, I've served as a member of the Regional Council of Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), working to undertake a variety of planning and policy initiatives for a livable and sustainable Southern California. SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191 cities and more than 18 million residents.
Well, we're about to place North Long Beach in a regional spotlight. I'm excited to announce that we are partnering with SCAG to host #ActivateUptown, a one-day open-streets block party to experience North Long Beach in a whole new way!
On October 1st, enjoy a FREE, open-streets festival with live music, activities, food, crafts, giveaways and more, highlighting the Uptown Renaissance and various active transportation improvements on the horizon. Drawing from the spirit of great events like Beach Streets and the Uptown Jazz Festival, #ActivateUptown will take place right in the streets, along Artesia Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue.
Artesia Boulevard, from Atlantic Avenue to Orange Avenue, will be open to people walking, biking, and playing in the street, and closed to car traffic. Myrtle Avenue, from Harding to 70th st., will showcase a re-imagined streetscape with temporary features (including a bike boulevard and roundabout) that make walking, biking, or skating easier, safer and more enjoyable. Come check them out!
We are planning for a variety of exhibits and attractions highlighting the Uptown Renaissance, like a live mural installation, a Healthy Eating Active Living Zone, youth basketball tournament, a diverse selection of music and entertainment along the route for all ages, and Uptown Village Fest - an art and STEM showcase, featuring an amazing selection of headlining and local artists like:
- A surprise guest headliner
- Back by popular demand, The Pharcyde, 90's alternative Hip-Hop Pioneers
- Guiness World Record Longest Freestyle Artists, MC Supernatural
- Bootleg Orchestra, Neo-soul/electronica collective
- Vibrant Heights, local-based Reggae group
- And many more to be announced in the weeks to come!
Bring your family and friends and meet your neighbors at #ActivateUptown – there’s something for everyone on October 1st!
Stay tuned, more details to come.
#ActivateUptown is sponsored by the City of Long Beach, SCAG’s Go Human Campaign, Clean Transportation Funding - MSRC, and The California Endowment.