Our Chicano Utopia Tour is August 23

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James Rojas of Place it! will lead us on an exciting walk around Boyle Heights and into East Los Angeles to explore Chicano history and it’s influence on the built environment.  The Spanish Law of the Indies is alive and well in Boyle Heights and East LA, manifesting itself in many physical forms from front yards designs, names of business, murals, community alters, but more importantly the social life of the community. We’ll learn about the Latino visual landscape by experiencing a community steeped in cultural, social, and economic patterns, but also feeling the pressures of gentrification. 

Join us for this exciting walk on Saturday, August 23. This walk will start at Mariachi Plaza and end at El Mercado de Los Angeles, both locations are at or near Metro Gold Line stations. This walk is approximately 4 miles and is stroller/roller friendly. Get your ticket today!

Chicano Utopia Tour
Saturday, August 23
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Start at Mariachi Plaza / Boyle Heights Station
1831 E 1st Street
Los AngelesCA 90033

Tickets for this walk are $15 and support the pedestrian advocacy work of Los Angeles Walks. We realize many community members may not be able to afford the $15, therefore there is a sliding scale donation ticket option and we encourage folks to give what they can to support Los Angeles Walks and participate on this exciting walk. Tickets the day of the event will be $20.

Walk with us to celebrate LA’s 233rd birthday on August 30

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Did you know that Los Angeles was founded by a group of walkers? It’s true! The Pobladores, or founding families, walked nine miles from the San Gabriel Mission to downtown LA in September of 1781, and every year since then a group of their ancestors have retraced their steps.

Join us for the annual walk on Saturday, August 30 starting at 6:00 am! Meet at the Mission for the walk to Olvera Street, and free shuttles will take you back to your car at the end of the day. There’s also a bike ride for those who want to do the route on two wheels. See you then! More details on Facebook.

The New Streets of LA Panel on August 7

New StreetsCome downtown to the Levi’s Commuter Workspace this Thursday, August 7 to see LA Walks’ executive director Deborah Murphy, among other leading policy makers, talk about building a more livable Los Angeles with safer streets and vibrant communities. This event is first installment a program new series called CicLAvia Explores, where the organization aims to further engage Angelenos to positively transform their relationships with their communities and each other.

The New Streets of LA
Thursday, August 7
7:00 to 10:00 pm

Levi’s Commuter Workspace
157 W 5th St 

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Register for the event here.

The Levi’s Commuter Workspace will be open all month with events and workshops. Check out more about the space here.

Game Changer: Walk with us to a Dodger game!

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LA Walks is taking a swing at the walkability of Dodger Stadium! Join us for a superb afternoon of walking, cheering, eating and drinking as we walk to the stadium from Chinatown. Guest speakers will guide the way and explore new walkability improvements as well as the issues that prevent Angelenos from walking or taking public transit to the games. We’ll help document the points of improvement along the way so that we can build a better plan to change our streets.

We’re going to knock this walk out of the park by sitting in the ALL YOU CAN EAT section in the stadium and watch the Dodgers destroy the Milwaukee Brewers. The walk is August 16th and begins at the Chinatown Gold Line Station. We look forward to watching baseball just as much as discussing improvements to our streets.

Tickets are $45, which includes a seat in the All You Can Eat Section and a $15 donation to LA Walks (equal to a game day parking pass). Game time is 6:10 pm.

Update: Here’s some really cool news, as part of the Movies at Dodger Stadium series, they’ll be screening The Natural after the game. You can watch from the field as part of your ticket!

Game Changer: Scoring one walk at a time
Saturday, August 16
Meet at the Chinatown Gold Line station at 4:00 pm
Purchase tickets here on Eventbrite!

See who’s going and invite others on Facebook!

Streetsie Victory!

jessica and alissaCongratulations to our special LA Walks steering committee members, Jessica Meaney and Alissa Walker, recipients of LA Streetsblog Streetsie Awards! These two individuals show outstanding work in the name of livable streets through advocacy and journalism, respectively. As a means to celebrate their accomplishment, LA Walks is co-hosting a walk with Streetsblog LA starting in Echo Park and moving to an undisclosed party location (you’ll get the address when you RSVP).

Saturday, July 12, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Meet at the Boathouse on Echo Park Lake.

Family friendly, all are welcome.

$10 donation suggested, but pay what you can!

Buy your tickets on Eventbrite to reserve your space and invite people on Facebook. All details here.

LA Walks x LA2050: Walk, Talk, & Listen

LA Walks x LA2050: Walk, Talk, & Listen from Rafiki Tree Productions on Vimeo.

In April, we hosted a walk through Lincoln Heights and Cypress Park highlighting a lot of the great local initiatives in the community as part of an LA 2050 Listening Grant. We met with non-profit directors, local business owners, artists, and city officials to talk about how our streets ought to be improved. If you weren’t able to join us for this fun walk, check out the video we made and let us know what you think! And thanks to LA 2050 for supporting us!

The Big Parade is this weekend!

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It’s one of the best weekends of the year! The Big Parade kicks off Saturday morning in Grand Park, with a two-day, 35-mile walk through LA that ventures up or down over 100 stairways! The routes and timetables have been posted so you can join at any time and walk for as long as you’d like. (And if that’s not enough for you, there’s also a prologue Friday in Mt. Washington and Highland Park.)

Check out the Facebook events for more information and to share with friends. There may even be a special appearance by LA Walks along the route! We’ll see you out there!

Summer Solstice Walk on June 21

observatoryWe’re gearing up for another great walk. Join us to explore Los Feliz with Walk Ambassador Lawrence Sanchez on Saturday, June 21st. We’ll explore municipal parks in neighborhoods of Los Feliz and Griffith Park featuring scenic views of the City. The walk will mostly focus on the history of Barnsdall Art Park, Los Feliz, Griffith Park and the Griffith Observatory. Along the walk we’ll learn about two Frank Lloyd Write buildings, the original Walt Disney Studio, and unique landscapes of the neighborhoods. The walk will take the group up to the Griffith Observatory in time for the Observatory’s Summer Solstice event!

This walk is approximately four miles long and includes a number of staircase, hills, and dirt hiking trails so strollers/rollers are not advised. Route Link: http://goo.gl/JjokQ7

Walkers will have the option to take the Griffith Park Observatory shuttle back to the Red Line station or to walk back. The shuttle ride is 15 minutes so walkers can be back at the Red Line by 9pm, folks walking will arrive back at the Red Line station closer to 10pm.

Summer Solstice Walk
Saturday, June 21
Meet at 5:45 pm
Vermont / Sunset Metro Red Line Station, corner of Vermont and Sunset in Los Feliz

Advanced tickets are $8. Tickets the day of the walk are $15.
Purchase your ticket today!
All proceeds benefit Los Angeles Walks.

Thanks for everyone who joined up for our Forgotten Edendale Walk and our LA2050 Walk, especially our Walk Ambassadors Dave Ptach and Jack Moreau. We’ll have photos and a synopsis of those walks up shortly.

Red Hill and Forgotten Hamlet of Edendale Walk

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On Saturday, May 10 we’ll explore Red Hill and the Forgotten Hamlet of Edendale, now known as Echo Park. This walk will be led by Walk Ambassador Dave Ptach of the Los Angeles Stairstreet Advocates. The walk will mostly focus on the history of Edendale, Echo Park, and Elysian Heights. Along the walk we’ll learn about Red Hill, the trolley line, artists and eccentrics that have called the area home. Dave has lined up a guest speaker to join us along the way who will talk about the early film studios, the McCarthy era, and more! This walk is approximately four miles long and includes a number of staircases and hills so strollers/rollers are not advised.

Tickets are $8 in advance ($15 at the door) so get your ticket in advance!

Find out more and buy your tickets here.

Red Hill and Forgotten Hamlet of Edendale Walk
Saturday, May 10
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
The start point for this walk is the Starbucks at 2556 Glendale Blvd @ Fletcher Dr.

LA 2050 Listens – Lincoln Heights and Cypress Park Walk

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Join us for a trip through North East Los Angeles! This month our walk will start in Lincoln Heights and explore Cypress Park.

Come learn about how Los Angeles is gearing up for future change. Our walk will include speakers from local businesses, artists, and residents all focused on how we interact with our streets.  Highlighted locations include the Figueroa Art Tunnel, new Los Angeles River parks, local high schools and more.  A supporting foundation, LA 2050, envisions a Los Angeles where we create, connect, learn, play, and live healthily.  Participation in this walk will include a survey to gain feedback about how we can improve our city to embrace these values. Together, we can explore a unique corner of LA and provide important data for foundations, businesses, and policy-makers to change our urban structure.

The walk is 2.6 miles round trip and is stroller/wheelchair friendly.  Families and kids are welcome on this walk as we are exploring some great new local parks!

Sunday, April 27
10:00am-12:30pm
Metro Gold Line- Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park Station

Tickets are FREE, donation are welcome – just RSVP here on Eventbrite.

Join the event on Facebook and Twitter for live updates. As always, please promote and share so we can spread our reach and build a safer LA faster.

Stay tuned for more info!