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Cyclists and pedestrians climb Wilshire Boulevard in downtown L.A. during the seventh CicLAvia event on June 23, 2013.
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Cyclists and pedestrians climb Wilshire Boulevard in downtown L.A. during the seventh CicLAvia event on June 23, 2013.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has launched a programs to promote main streets throughout the city. At the same time, LA Metro will be voting on a series of upcoming open streets events like CicLAVia. These initiatives could revitalize neighborhoods all around LA.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the first 15 streets in his Great Streets initiative. The idea is to transform key spots throughout the city into real destinations for the community, just like he did when he was  a councilman. 

Guisados Tacos in Boyle Heights sits right on the edge of one of those designated streets: Cesar Chavez Ave. between St. Louis St. and Evergreen Blvd.

RELATED: See where the first 15 Great Streets projects are

Beyond just highlighting these streets, L.A. Metro is working to transform neighborhoods all throughout Southern California, too. Later this month, it'll decide on a series of upcoming open streets events similar to CicLAVia.

Possible locations include the San Gabriel Valley, Downey, Carson, and the San Fernando Valley.

RELATED: See where upcoming open streets events could be

Guisados owner Armando de la Torre explains what makes his own neighborhood unique, and CicLAVia organizer Joe Linton addresses the growing demand for these kinds of events.

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