Reimagining Chinatown’s College Street at CicLAvia this Sunday

Image credit: Candy Chang, I Wish This Was project

In addition to our WalkLAvia group walk from downtown LA to Exposition Park, there are a number of great community events at this Sunday’s CicLAvia, including this one from our friends at Living Streets LA.

Living Streets LA presents “I Wish this Street Was…” an interactive play street that will allow participants and passersby to envision what College Street in Chinatown could be like without cars. On Sunday October 7th, College Street will be transformed into a pedestrian-only street through interactive workshops, public art projects, and imaginative games.
If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email Anna Peccianti at anna.peccianti@gmail.com and specify what time you would be available between 8am-4pm. Living Streets LA is hoping each volunteer can stay for at least two hours.
—Rachel Bennett

Happy Carmageddon!

Image credit Jesse Glucksman via LA Observed

For months now, Angelenos have been warned about the second coming of the ten-mile 405 freeway closure, ominously nicknamed “Carmageddon.” We all remember the hype that preceded last year’s Carmageddon, from city officials warning people to leave town to snarky bloggers proclaiming that Angelenos wouldn’t survive the weekend.

Instead of the traffic nightmare that many predicted, however, our city was blissfully car-free (or car-light) for two glorious days. People walked and biked around their neighborhoods, held block parties, patronized locally-owned businesses, and explored new areas on public transportation. In study findings released this week, UCLA researchers reported that air quality levels were up to 83 percent better than on comparable weekends thanks to the freeway shutdown. Many Angelenos remarked that it the best weekend in Los Angeles in recent memory, redubbing the event “Carmaheaven.”

As Carmageddon II approaches this weekend (September 29-30), we at LA Walks eagerly await the many community events that celebrate car-free life in our city. From ARTmageddon, a city-wide art party with creative events throughout Los Angeles, to numerous bicycling events throughout the city, there is a host of activities where you can eat, shop, and play locally and car-free this weekend. We hope to see you out on the streets!

Image credit disastersurvivaltools.com

—Rachel Bennett