Connect Beverly Hills
Connect Beverly Hills: Meet Me on Wilshire and La Cienega began in late 2019, prior to the implementation of COVID-19 social distancing measures. Community Arts Resources (CARS) initially had planned to produce, in coordination with the project team, a number of in-person community events, including three walk audits along the primary corridors, up to three pop-up engagements, and two charrettes. In addition, CARS had begun building out an interactive, map-focused project website using the platform "coUrbanize."
All of these in-person and virtual elements were being planned and developed until mid March, when state and local authorities issued Safer at Home orders, requiring CARS and the project team to pivot all engagement to a virtual environment. CARS' outreach and engagement efforts throughout the project included development and maintenance of a stakeholder database, work plans and schedules, project brand identity, and project website. CARS' role in developing and analyzing project surveys, as well as driving stakeholders to take actions and get engaged with the project at various stages continued throughout the community engagement phase of the design process.