The "Cool Streets" Program in Los Angeles started in 2019 and at this time has covered about 50 blocks in five neighborhoods. The newest phase of the "Cool Streets" Program commenced on Monday and has a plan to confront climate change.
Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, and other notable city leaders came together in North Hollywood to announce what this latest phase entailed.
Mayor Garcetti said:
“Here in Los Angeles, we’re not waiting for others to figure it out, we lead solutions,”
“Whether it’s in this pandemic, or weather it’s here dealing with this public health emergency of climate change. We don’t wait for others to figure it out, we get our hands dirty, literally We try to figure it out and be the first to lead the world.”
The latest phase, which is called, "Cool Neighborhoods" looks to add approximately 60 miles of new pavement and about 2,000 trees to North Hollywood, Pico-Union, Canoga Park, Westlake South, Sylmar, South Central, Boyle Heights, and Vermont Square.
The “Cool Streets” Program will help reduce urban and rural temperature differential by approximately 1.7 degrees by 2025 and 3 degrees by 2035, according to the mayor’s office.