Friday, November 19, 2010

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2010 is Tomorrow!

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2010 takes place tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.! Be sure to get there early, however -- we'll have the authors of "Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles," Kevin Roderick and Eric Lynxwiler, on hand to give a few words before we begin.

We then leave at 10 a.m. SHARP. If you're late, no worries -- follow us on Twitter and find us that way.

For those of you walking, a reminder: You that you should make sure you have a transportation plan in place, so you're not stranded after walking all day!

The best option for those of you without anyone picking you up is to carpool... or to PARK IN THE MORNING in Santa Monica, and take the bus (MTA 20/720 is what we've been told is the way to go) all the way to Pershing Square BEFORE the walk. (That way, your car is waiting for you when it's all done.) Alternatively, park at Pershing Square... and take the bus back (the 20 runs all evening). Hey, then you can ice skate after you're back.

Also, a reminder: This isn't a race! We're going to take our time walking down Wilshire, taking advantage of our free L.A. Conservancy "Curating the City: Wilshire Blvd." pamphlets.

Also, an L.A. Conservancy docent will be on hand at:

St. Basil's Catholic Church (Albert C. Martin and Associates, 1969), 3611 Wilshire (betw. Kingsley and Harvard)


Ahmanson Center/Wilshire Colonnade (Edward Durell Stone, 1970), 3701 Wilshire (betw. Serrano and Oxford)

We'll get to St. Basil's at around 11.

How fast or slow you walk is up to you -- but if you leave us all in the dust, you're gonna miss the fun of doing the Great LA Walk -- experiencing a part of the city you wouldn't usually see by foot.

It's always hard to time these things, but we'll probably hit the the La Brea Tar Pits and LACMA in the Miracle Mile around noon or 12:30. There are several spots to grab lunch, but we particularly recommend the independent BLACK DOG CAFE. Owner Brad Gold will be giving $1 all sandwiches and hot dogs to Walkers; grab a coupon at the start of the race. Other eateries around there include Mixt Greens, Baja Fresh, Chipotle, Johnnie's Pizza and much more.

(Due to the potential rain, the plan to have food trucks there has been scrapped.)

We'll pick up the walk at 1:30 -- MEET AT THE STREETLAMP INSTALLATION at 1:30. We'll depart then for the rest of the walk. We should get to the ocean by 5 p.m. at the latest -- and then, if you're interested, we'll celebrate at Border Grill Santa Monica.

WEATHER: It's not looking great. We're gonna get a little wet. Bring an umbrella and dress accordingly. This is the first ever Great Los Angeles Walk to get some rain... but thankfully, Wilshire offers much in terms of shelter in case it really rains.

A quick reminder: This is a loosely organized event. We're all coming together to have fun and walk L.A. streets -- but this is not backed by any major organization. We're all responsible for ourselves -- so make sure you have money for meals (and drinks at the afterparty!), transporation set up and... umbrellas.

I'll be updating mile by mile, as well as when we stop and start, take breaks, etc. at

If you're Tweeting as well, please make sure to put the hashtag #glaw on your posts. That way people can keep up with the Walk!

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