Become a Walk Ambassador!

B2gIDOPCcAE1aiRPassionate about your neighborhood, Los Angeles history, art, food, culture and walking? Then share your passion with the Los Angeles Walks community! We rely on passionate individuals to share their Los Angeles with us each month as Walk Ambassadors. Walk Ambassadors design and lead us on walks to explore the many diverse neighborhoods that make up the City of Los Angeles. Our walks range from being 1.5 miles to 10 and along the way we meet artists, residents, community leaders, and learn about the past, present and future of our communities.

Pitch your idea for a walk by submitting a completed Planning Your Walk form to hello@losangeleswalks.org by Friday, December 19th. Walks need to be in the City of Los Angeles, but other than that there are no limits! Check out some of our 2014 walks by scrolling through our archives.

12/7 Is the Next CicLAvia: Join us in Leimert Park!

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Join Los Angeles Walks in Leimert Park at the next CicLAvia on Sunday December 7. We’ll be at the Leimert Park Plaza hub, collecting feedback for our “Walk This Way Leimert Park” pedestrian wayfinding signs. Come tell us where you walk in Leimert Park!

You can also join us for a couple short informal walks around the area. Check out the route for the next CicLAvia and stay tuned for more details to come!

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Shop Small Business Saturday in Mar Vista

mar-vista-pop-up-bannerThanks to Small Business Saturday, Mar Vista is going to be host to numerous pop-ups for your perusal!

The Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce encourages everyone to Shop Local and Shop Small at the first-ever Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Mar Vista event.

Over 35 businesses along Venice Blvd will be participating; welcoming customers shopping for Holiday gifts, enjoying art galleries, getting some pampering done, or just enjoying a stroll or bike ride.

The Mar Vista Chamber will hand out maps listing all the participating stores. You’ll be able to find the Chamber at our “Home Base” for the day – at the South East corner of Venice & Centinela. Each store will stamp the map every time someone comes in to shop or browse – and for every stamp on their map, customers will earn a raffle ticket for some terrific prizes donated by local merchants.

If you ride a bike to any of the stores, you’ll earn an extra stamp on your map, which will earn you an extra raffle ticket, too!

The raffle prizes will be given away at the end of the day, and winners need not be present to win. Join the Chamber after the Pop-up event at Louie’s of Mar Vista, beginning at 4:30pm, to find out who will win the prizes!

Join us to #ShopSmall on this very fun day supporting local businesses!

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At the Great Streets route on Venice between Beethoven and Inglewood Blvd

Walk NoHo With Us November 22

lankershimThis Saturday, November 22nd we’re partnering with the Mayor’s Great Streets Initiative and City Impact Lab on a tour of NoHo’s Arts District evolution, including a brand new People St plaza!

The plaza will be located just one block off of the Great Street development in the alley at the corner of Lankershim and Magnolia. People St is exactly what makes Great Streets and their efforts to transform the city have brought beautiful plazas into fruition.

If we are lucky, we may even catch a glimpse of Magic Johnson, who is rumored to walk through the alley on the way to his gym. Soon he’ll be walking through a People St. instead!

Afterwards, you might want to meet up with the Great Los Angeles Walk, which is venturing eastward down Ventura!

NoHo Neighborhood Impact Walk
Saturday, November 22
Meet at 9:45am at the Northeast corner of Lankershim & Chandler
NoHo Metro Red Line and Orange Line Station (Lankershim and Chandler in NoHo)

Tickets for the walk are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the walk.
Click here to RSVP and purchase tickets.

Past Meets Future Koreatown Walk

Chapman_MarketYou’re invited to explore one of Los Angeles’ most fascinating neighborhoods: Koreatown. Also known as Wilshire Center or Ktown, this neighborhood stands at the intersection of Los Angeles’ past and its possible future. Along this walk, lead by Walk Ambassador David Barboza, a former Ktown resident who works as a city planner for the City of Lakewood, we’ll learn about the historic buildings, subway service, stunning cultural diversity, and generate lots of food for thought about what makes a place good or bad to walk (plus there’s lots of non-metaphorical food for hungry pedestrians!).  Highlights include architectural gems like the Bullocks Wilshire building and quirky sights like a multi-story driving range.  The walk also explores some of the streets around Wilshire, to give a sense of the City you won’t find on a postcard.

The walk starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 15th at 3183 Wilshire Boulevard (meet at the Coffee Bean directly above the Wilshire/Vermont subway station). This 3-mile walk through city blocks is mostly flat will end at the Wilshire/Western subway station about one mile west (as the crow flies) from the starting point. More info here.

Past Meets Future Koreatown Walk
Saturday, November 15
Meet at 10am at the Coffee Bean directly above the Wilshire/Vermont subway station.
Wilshire/Vermont Metro Red Line and Purple Line Station (3183 Wilshire Boulevard )

Tickets for the walk are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the walk. Click here to RSVP and purchase tickets for the Koreatown Walk.

NoHo Neighborhood Impact Walk

la-ca-lankershim-boulevard-los-angeles-index-dtoJoin us to explore North Hollywood with Walk Ambassador John Bwarie on Saturday, November 22nd. John will lead this special NoHo Neighborhood Impact Walk that will showcase the ways, methods, and people that have transformed the NoHo Arts District over the last 20 years. We’ll explore historical sites, municipal improvements, residential, industrial, and commercial districts, as well as theaters and, of course, the Television Academy! The walk will focus on the history of the area and its transformation in the last 2 decades. Experts will join the group along the route to share their first-hand insight on how things changed both the challenges and successes. This tour will present the convergence of history, cultural, and politics. (John has lived and worked in the area and was part of these changes; and currently, he leads food tours across LA via Secret City Tours and runs the City Impact Lab in Los Angeles.)

This walk is approximately three miles long and includes a number of stops with local “impact makers,” and will end at approximately 12:30pmMore info here.

NoHo Neighborhood Impact Walk
Saturday, November 22
Meet at 9:45am at the Northeast corner of Lankershim & Chandler
NoHo Metro Red Line and Orange Line Station (Lankershim and Chandler in NoHo)

Tickets for the walk are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the walk. Click here to RSVP and purchase tickets.

Come to our LA Walks Open Meeting on November 13

1606287_584430874997802_7119267155893898136_oJoin the LA Walks steering committee for an open meeting!

We’re inviting the larger community to contribute to discussions pertaining to all of our current projects. If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in our work, this is the time! This meeting will cover our many elements of our S.A.F.E. campaign which includes:

Anyone from the public can attend, so please bring someone you feel will be interested in our work. We are excited to hear everyone’s thoughts about our projects and goals so that we can be more inclusive, effective, and efficient!

Los Angeles Walks Open Meeting
Thursday, November 13
6:30pm to 8:30pm

KAOS Network
4343 Leimert Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

RSVP and invite friends on Facebook!

 

Help build a Dia de los Muertos altar to honor pedestrians

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Grand Park is hosting a Dia de los Muertos festival on Saturday, November 1 with food trucks, face-painting, amazing bands, and a bar right in the heart of LA! In addition, Los Angeles Walks has an amazing opportunity to work with Self-Help Graphics & Art to build altars for the festival’s Noche de Ofrenda event one week before on Saturday, October 25. We’ll specifically be building altars which honor pedestrian and bike-related fatalities in Los Angeles.

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, October 25 to help design and build the altars during the day, then you can stay for the party at night. If you’d like to volunteer, fill out this form to sign up for a shift.

Noche de Ofrenda
Saturday, October 25
Volunteer during the day, party is 7:00pm to 9:00 pm

The altars will remain on display all week, from October 25 to November 1.

Downtown Dia de los Muertos Concert
Saturday, November 1
3:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Check out both events on Facebook

Celebrate LA Mural Day in Pacoima!

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Did you know that Los Angeles is known as the “Mural Capital of America” even though murals were banned for roughly a decade? Come take a stroll down Mural Mile in Pacoima on Sunday, October 12th to celebrate LA Mural Day with Los Angeles Walks and the Public Art Initiative of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley. The walk will feature 10 murals and a special guest speaker.

This roughly 2 mile roundtrip walk will start and end at the Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall and is stroller/roller friendly. Tickets for this walk are free, but donations are encouraged to support the pedestrian advocacy work of Los Angeles Walks. RSVP today!

Our partner on this walk, the Public Art Initiative of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, is bringing together artists, sculptors, muralists and gardeners with residents and business owners to enrich and enhance the Valley. Learn more about the Initiative here. They’re looking for your ideas to help bring more art to the San Fernando Valley!