Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the Cool Neighborhoods initiative on Oct. 4, expanding the Cool Streets L.A. program to install 200 blocks of cool pavement, and plant nearly 2,000 new trees, in neighborhoods in some of Los Angeles’ warmest residential areas.
“The skyrocketing temperatures on our streets is an equity issue that puts local communities on the front line of the climate crisis,” Garcetti said. “Our hottest and most vulnerable neighborhoods are our top priority when it comes to climate action, and this program is about taking action in ways that will make a direct impact on people’s daily lives.”
Cool Neighborhoods is the next phase of Garcetti’s Cool Streets L.A. program, launched in 2019 to combine cooling strategies to lower temperatures and add shade in the city’s most vulnerable communities. Cool pavement is made with materials and coatings that retain less heat than traditional concrete and asphalt. The newest program will bring over 60 miles of cool pavement, and nearly 2,000 trees, to the Pico Union, Westlake South, North Hollywood, Canoga Park, Sylmar, Vermont Square, South Central and Boyle Heights neighborhoods.
Research has shown that cool pavement reduces ambient temperatures by reflecting more sunlight and absorbing less heat during the day. Studies have also shown that cool pavement has the greatest impact when paired with new trees.
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