WalkLAvia – The Valley 3/22

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On Sunday March 22, Los Angeles Walks will walk the CicLAvia route – this time in the Valley! – starting at North Hollywood Red Line Station at 10am. Look for the Los Angeles Walks banner and our Executive Director Deborah’s bright dress to find our group. Walk with us!

Find your way along the route with the CicLAvia Neighborhood Guide to discover the foundations of today’s vibrance, secrets, and smells in the San Fernando Valley.

Amuse your friends, family, and self with LOADS of activities throughout the route. Pop up cycle tracks, nature walks, jazz groups, climbing walls, we honestly couldn’t list it all here. See the Activities Along the Route section on CicLAvia’s page for a very full list of how to fill your Sunday. And just so that you know absolutely everything about what you can get into this weekend – CicLAValley provided the Mother of All Valley CicLAvia Guides.

Perceive the Valley guided by a shifting musical landscape as geo-sonic harmonies come through your headphones. Walk With Me app offers fiction fused with reality while natural, musical, and vocal sounds superimpose the live noise of the surrounding area.

Have a good week and hope to walk with you Sunday!

Is Car Culture Dead? — a panel on 3/11

CarCulture-600x414Deborah Murphy featured on a panel at Zócolo Public Square: Cars and freeways didn’t just shape the landscape of contemporary America; they shaped the national culture as well. Southern California in particular has reveled in the pleasures of the automobile, from Sunday drives and drive-in theaters to the car race in Rebel Without a Cause. But between the pressures of climate change and a younger generation’s preference for denser living and public transportation, there is a serious backlash against the car, especially in L.A., where drivers spend more than 60 hours a year stuck in traffic. Are our cruising days over forever? Petersen Automotive Museum executive director Terry Karges, DUB Magazine founder Myles Kovacs, Los Angeles Walks founder Deborah Murphy, and Drexel University Center for Mobilities Research and Policy director Mimi Sheller visit Zócalo to discuss the future of car culture, in Southern California and beyond.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2015 7:30 PM

Sign up to Finish The Ride in 2015

Sign up for the second annual Finish The Ride on Sunday, April 19th, to either ride, run, walk, or roll, to help raise awareness of the safety issues faced by vulnerable road users on L.A. and California roads.

Take 10% off the registration price and help support LA Walks by using promo code SUPPORTLAWALKS while registering. In addition to getting a discount, you’ll help LA Walks with 10% of the registration fees collected under the LA Walks promo going to LA Walks!

Get more information on Finish The Ride:

Visit the Finish The Ride registration page.

FTR 2015 eFlyer

Join us March 7 for Dry River Walk

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The Dry River walk, led by walk ambassador Jack Moreau, will exhibit the Arroyo Seco Bikeway and Eugene Debs Park as community assets for Los Angeles and discuss the issues behind connecting the areas with bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

The Arroyo Seco is a natural creek running from the Angeles National Forest into Downtown LA where it meets the Los Angeles River. It now serves as the only piece of bicycle and pedestrian exclusive roadway in the North East LA. While this path offers an incredible asset to the community, chain link fencing encloses it and greatly decreases usage. Parks border the majority of the path, but there are only four access points each about a mile apart. The Arroyo Seco can become a major alternative transportation corridor for all of NELA and beyond. The path could be extended north into Pasadena as well as south into DTLA. Eugene Debs Park can be connected to the City of LA through the bike path and become a leading green space advocacy center for everyone. However, rising rates of homelessness in the area bring very difficult questions as to the equitable course of redevelopment.

As we walk, we will view hidden treasures of NELA and learn from community leaders about access to the Arroyo Seco.

Purchase Tickets through Eventbrite here

The walk is a little over 2 miles. There is one pretty significant hill in Debs Park, but it is very fun and pretty! 

  • We will meet up at the Highland Park Station
  • Walk Avenue 60 to the Arroyo Seco
  • Walk down Arroyo Seco path
  • Exit bikeway through “stairs to nowhere
  • Hike through Debs Park to the Audubon Center. Walkers can then continue hiking if they please or follow us back to the Gold Line.
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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. 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.

**Deadline extended through January 20**

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

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Join Los Angeles Walks  at the next CicLAvia on Sunday December 7. We’ll be walking the whole route, starting at Central and Washington at 9am.

And you can also find us 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! And if you can volunteer for an hour or two to help us with outreach, sign up here!

 

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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!

Saturday, November 29
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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.