During the summer of 2013, under the direction of Councilman Buscaino's Planning Director Alison Becker, the 15th Council District office created the Watts Community Studio, a participatory economic development and planning project aimed at learning more about Watts from the people who live and/or own businesses in the community.
Councilman Buscaino believes that involving residents in the decision-making process for their neighborhood will help produce programs, projects and policies that will successfully improve their quality of life.
The Watts Community Studio’s final report offers recommendations for supporting residents and businesses in Watts as they build towards the future. A major component of the research was obtaining approximately 750 surveys from the neighborhood and including the young people of Watts in the research process. The results of the survey and various other analyses are included in the Full Report.