LA Walks x LA2050: Walk, Talk, & Listen

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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.

Footnotes: A Report on the State of Walking in LA

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We have been hard at work on our first annual report on the state of walking in LA. We have a lot of great contributions from local writers, illustrators, designers, and policymakers, and the piece was produced by our own steering committee members, designed by Colleen Corcoran and edited by Alissa Walker.

The report includes both personal stories, tips for walkers, metrics on pedestrian issues in LA, and more serious policy discussions. We hope you’ll check it out!

We’ll be posting articles online over the next few months, but you can get your copy by donating to Los Angeles Walks …and help fund our Spanish language version!

Thanks to all the contributors! Rudy Espinoza, Christopher Hawthorne, Randal Henry and Manal Aboelata-Henry, LA History, Andy Janicki, Daveed Kapoor, Dylan Lathrop, Andy Martinez, Outpost, Mark Vallianantos, DJ Waldie, Valerie Watson, Brian Rea, and Rosten Woo.

And thanks to DJ Waldie, who mentioned our publication in his latest KCET column while reflecting upon what it means to be a pedestrians in LA.

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!

So many WalkLAvia options for the next CicLaviA on April 6!

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 9.39.18 AMThe next CicLAvia on Sunday, April 6 returns to the Wilshire Boulevard route, the most pedestrian-friendly CicLAvia of all! Rather than organize a single walk, we’re gathering all the great walking opportunities here so you can pick and choose how to spend your day on foot! Stay tuned for more details, but here are the options so far…

  • The LA Leggers will be walking (and running) from the One Wilshire Hub westward when CicLAvia begins at 9am. Meet up at 8:45. All details here.
  • Join Bob Inman for a 7.5 mile loop highlighting the architecture and history of Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire, starting in front of the Wiltern at the Koreatown Hub at Wilshire and Western at 11am. All details here. (You’ll be walking in and around the route so there will be plenty of chances to leave early.)
  • The City Planning Department will also be leading a walk eastward starting at the Miracle Mile Hub between Spaulding and Ogden at 9am. All details here.

Also: Be sure to stop by the Poketo booth outside the The Line Hotel at 3515 Wilshire (near Normandie) to stock up on Los Angeles Walks merchandise!

Walk Koreatown with us, de LaB and Open Streets on 4/4

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Join de LaB, Los Angeles Walks, CicLAvia and the Open Streets Summit for an evening walking tour of Koreatown, one of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city—maybe because it has LA’s highest concentration of bars and restaurants!

We’ll start at The Line, to hear more about this brand-new hotel that’s revitalizing this stretch of Wilshire, and the unique collaboration between The Sydell Group, chef Roy Choi, The Houston Brothers, Sean Knibb and Poketo. The mid-century building was designed by Daniel Mann Johnson + Mendenhall in 1964, the same architects behind the American Cement Building down the street, and we’ll go see that, too. Other stops include the site of the Ambassador Hotel and the Legendary Park Plaza. LA Walks steering committee member and de LaB founder Alissa Walker will be leading the group and introducing us to special guests along the way.

We’ll end at Lock & Key, a new speakeasy that provides a contemporary take on Koreatown’s pub culture. Your ticket includes one of two complimentary punches to choose from (if you’d like anything else you can purchase it from the bar), and we’ll also receive a discount on their excellent and affordable food menu.

More details will be emailed to attendees the week before the walk!

KOREATOWN WALKING TOUR
Friday, April 4
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tickets are $10 and include a cocktail at Lock + Key: Buy tickets here

THE LINE
3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
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We’ll be at The Line from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. The tour will leave The Line at 6:30 sharp, heading east on Wilshire.

 

Help LA plan for a more walkable city

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As we’ve mentioned before, the City of Los Angeles is updating the Mobility Element to its General Plan to guide transportation infrastructure and policy for the next twenty years; creating a new Health and Wellness element to make the city a healthier place for all residents; and updating its zoning code for the first time since 1946. All of these policies could potentially make LA a better place for walking.

Drafts of all three of these planning efforts are being shared with the public at regional forums in March and April. Walkers should attend to make sure the plans prioritize walking. Events are being held all over the city, see the list of upcoming forums to find one near you!

Read more about re:code LA and the Mobility Element update.

Welcome Crenshaw WALKS!

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We’re happy to welcome Crenshaw WALKS as our newest partner in advocating for a more walkable LA. Join their Facebook group to find out more about what they have in the works, including a meet-and-greet before the Leimert Park Art Walk. Details on that below!

Crenshaw WALKS Meet and Greet Prior to the Leimert Park Art Walk
Sunday March 30
1:00 to 2:00 pm

KAOS Network
4343 Leimert Avenue, Leimert Park

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