Councilmember Huizar joined Industrial District Green and the Downtown community to plant 15 trees in the Industrial and Arts Districts.
Councilmember Huizar allocated $50,000 from a community benefits package from the Metropolis development in Downtown Los Angeles for the planting and maintenance of trees in and around Skid Row and the Industrial District.
Industrial District Green was founded in 2012 by Katherine McNenny and fellow Little Tokyo Lofts residents to pursue greening projects in the Greater Industrial District of downtown Los Angeles. In early 2013, Ms. McNenny joined forces with Gabrielle Newmark, a landscape architect and Arts District resident. Ms. Newmark’s experience and perspective helped professionalize the mission. Later in 2013, IDG was accepted into the Community Partners non-profit umbrella group.
Well before founding IDG, Katherine had begun laying the groundwork for future greening activities. In December 2011, after 12 months of preparation and with support from the CCEA Business Improvement District, she conducted her first planting of 7 trees along San Pedro Street between 4th and 5th Streets. This successful effort involved lobbying and coordinating with all relevant property owners, Council District 14, the Bureau of Street Services, and TreePeople who managed the plantings.