Los Angeles city officials helped unveil a revamped North Hollywood alley today that has been transformed into a plaza with chairs, tables and umbrellas, the first of several projects under the “People St” initiative to make use of urban pockets throughout Los Angeles.

The plaza — tucked in an alley behind Lankershim Boulevard — was created by introducing relatively inexpensive, quick-to-implement elements to the area, such as street furniture and green painted pavement, Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

The plaza was proposed by the North Hollywood business improvement district, which supplied the planters, paint and other materials. If the temporary plaza proves popular after one year, it may be considered for a permanent plaza project.

More People St plazas are opening soon on 43rd Place in Leimert Park and Bradley Avenue in Pacoima, city officials said. Signs are also being installed at existing plazas and parklets, including one along York Boulevard in Highland Park, that were set up in recent years prior to the latest program’s introduction.

“L.A. is the densest urban area in the nation, so we are getting creative to reclaim under-used spaces that can be transformed into places for Angelenos to eat, shop and spend time with their friends and families,” Garcetti said. “The People St initiative allows community groups — who know their neighborhoods the best — to partner with City Hall to create great public spaces that make our communities more livable and prosperous.”

The program is inspired by the Sunset Triangle plaza in Silver that was installed in 2012 when Garcetti was the area’s councilman.

The city will soon be accepting applications for another round of People St plaza and parklet projects, according to Los Angeles Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds. Interested groups can apply at http://www.peoplest.lacity.org.

“This is the first plaza from the People St program’s inaugural round,” she said. “For community partners who would love to have a plaza or parklet in their neighborhood, we’re aiming to open the next round of applications this fall.”

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