City of Long Beach Announces Strategic Improvement Plan for the New LGBTQ+ Cultural District
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~ Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has recently announced the approval of a Strategic Improvement Plan for the new LGBTQ+ Cultural District. The plan, presented at the May 21, 2024 City Council meeting and approved with a unanimous 9 to 0 vote, aims to enhance the Broadway corridor and honor the cultural and historical significance of the LGBTQ+ community in Long Beach.

Mayor Rex Richardson expressed his excitement for this new development, stating that it is a testament to the city's ongoing efforts to create a safe and welcoming environment for all residents. "Long Beach is a place of inclusivity, and the LGBTQ+ community is an integral part of our city's fabric," he said.

The plan is the result of nearly two years of extensive community outreach, including public workshops, surveys, and an advisory committee made up of local stakeholders. This collaborative effort ensured that community input was considered throughout the planning process.

The next step in the plan will be to identify specific implementation measures for various improvements along East Broadway Avenue between Alamitos and Temple avenues. These may include decorative lighting, historic plaques, murals, neon wall art, street light banners, commemorative walks, and sidewalk decorations.

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The idea for an LGBTQ+ Cultural District was first proposed in June 2022 by then-Mayor and current Congressman Robert Garcia. The recommendation was cosponsored by Vice Mayor and Second District Councilwoman Cindy Allen. "The new LGBTQ+ Cultural District will serve as an important symbol of inclusivity, pride, and love in our community," said Vice Mayor Allen.

The Broadway corridor has a rich history within the LGBTQ+ community and has long been a gathering place for its members. The district will not only recognize this history but also support existing businesses and institutions in the area.

Funding for initial improvements will come from $2.5 million in Measure A funds previously approved as part of the Elevate '28 Infrastructure Investment Plan. However, additional funding will be needed for future phases, which may come from grants or directed appropriations from state and federal partners.

Christopher Koontz, Community Development Department Director, emphasized that the Strategic Improvement Plan reflects the vision of the community. "The new District will help connect residents and visitors to the cultural and historical significance of the LGBTQ+ community in the city," he said. "It will also support local businesses and invest in public improvements to ensure that the LGBTQ+ community continues to thrive."

For more information about the LGBTQ+ Cultural District and to review the new Plan, community members can visit This exciting development is a step towards creating a more inclusive and vibrant city for all residents.

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