Connect Beverly Hills: Meet Me at Wilshire and La Cienega
Beverly Hills, CA
We are developing a streetscape plan and design standards for two major commercial corridors in Beverly Hills: Wilshire and La Cienega Boulevards. These corridors intersect at the location of a future Metro Purple Line (or “D” Line) station. The project was conceived to ensure that future transit riders emerge from the new subway stations to a cohesive, well-designed public realm.
Our approach includes a two-phased charrette process to understand how transportation, placemaking, urban design, and land use can influence street design elements to create a safer, more inviting space. Our Discovery Charrette occurred during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring all of our materials and facilitated conversations to be online. This virtual charrette used online design boards and Zoom stakeholder interviews and still had virtual open studio sessions to build support and understanding for the project. All sessions are available on https://connect.beverlyhills.org.
The project also involves the planning and conceptual design for a future mobility hub at the intersection of Wilshire and La Cienega Boulevards, where one of the future rail stations will be located. We are coordinating a robust stakeholder engagement process that taps into existing arts and cultural institutions. As part of this project, we will also develop design guidance and standards for transportation and urban design improvements that the City of Beverly Hills can adopt and scale citywide.