Bellflower Blvd. (Downtown Bellflower)

Bellflower Blvd. (Downtown Bellflower)

Bellflower, CA

http://www.bellflower.org

Authentic, urban, and locally-focused, Bellflower is a retro gem amongst the stucco sprawl of Southern California. As one of eighty-eight cities in Los Angeles County, Bellflower has retained its small-town, vintage charm by prioritizing small homegrown local business over national chains and big-box retail in its downtown district. The result is a community-oriented walkable downtown with hints of art deco and mid-century architecture, full of unique eateries, hobby shops, retail, and even a museum dedicated to Los Angeles County Fire Department that doubles as an event space. The downtown district, focused around Bellflower Boulevard, is blessed with a diverse cross-section of restaurants that reflect the residents themselves --ranging from Creole to Asian Fusion to Mexican--but is best known for the several barbeque restaurants with aromas that can weaken the knees of the staunchest vegetarians. Beyond food, residents come downtown to patronize shops for comics, board games, collectible train sets, a comedy club, and a knitting lounge. The French Quarter Grill regularly hosts the best live jazz on the West Coast, and authentic Mariachi blares from Kalaveras on Taco Tuesdays. How has Bellflower become such a beloved place for a diversity of residents of all walks of life? It starts with integrated investments by the City and local residents in pedestrian-friendly streetscape environments, public parks and plazas, and transit. Bellflower has been a key proponent for the extension of light rail through LA, with a Downtown Bellflower stop opening in 2027. The height of life in Bellflower is the seasonal shut down of Bellflower Boulevard--family-friendly events like the Summer Streetfest Concert Series and Bellflower Classic Car Show, a hat-tip to the boulevard's "cruising" history in the 60s. If selected the money would be used to host additional events that draw area residents to visit our beloved downtown.