The effort commenced several months prior, when Elana Mann of Side Streets Projects reached out to Day One staff regarding her project "Listening as (a) movement", which involved interactive acoustic sculptures and community-based performance art events in Northwest Pasadena reflecting the changing landscape in both human communication and the act of listening. With many of Day One’s Youth Advocates calling “northwest” Pasadena home, the group was both keenly aware of many of the issues in this part of the city - blight, crime, violence, drug-use, chronic disease (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, obesity) - and interested in participating in the discussion.
This was followed by the youth brainstorming achievable, short-, medium- and long-term steps they felt the community and City could take to improve the neighborhood. Photos of such improvements were then identified, printed out, and juxtaposed with photos of existing conditions on maps of the surveyed corridors.
Recommendations identified by the YAs included: