Thursday, November 10, 2016
The Geat Los Angeles Walk 2016 Press Release
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 10, 2016) -- Hundreds of Angelenos will hit the sidewalks on Saturday, November 19 for The Great Los Angeles Walk 2016 – the annual event that dispels the myth that “nobody walks in L.A.”
This year, for the eleventh edition, the Great Los Angeles Walk (http://www.greatlawalk.com) is returning to once again eat its way down one of the city's iconic boulevards: Pico!
The Great LA Walk last hiked down Pico in 2007 (the Walk's second year). Pico is a favorite for many reasons, including the fact that Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold once famously ate his way down the street. (Now, Great LA Walkers will have the opportunity to do the same thing – or at least, some of it.)
Participants will meet at downtown Los Angeles' Grand Hope Park (next to FIDM, at the corner of 9th Street and Hope Street) at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.
From there, Walkers will pass through downtown, the Convention Center (home to the Auto Show); the Central American-dominated Byzantine-Latino Quarter; the city's shortest street (Powers Place); the beautiful old homes of Alvarado Terrace; a slice of Koreatown; gut-busting food spots like Oki-Dog and Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles; Mid-City; Jewish shops and restaurants west of Fairfax; the Fox lot; the Rancho Park golf course; and Santa Monica.
The Great Los Angeles Walk will conclude with an after party in Santa Monica at a location to be announced later. Walkers will be encouraged to utilize Metro's Expo Line, which offers public transportation at the start and finish of the walk.
L.A. journalist and blogger Michael Schneider launched the Great Los Angeles Walk in 2006 as a way to celebrate his tenth year in Los Angeles. Inspired by the book “Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles,” by Kevin Roderick (with research by J. Eric Lynxwiler), he decided to walk the street’s entire length.
In 2007, for an encore, he chose another downtown-to-the-ocean route: Pico Boulevard. The 2008 Walk took on Santa Monica Blvd. In 2009, the event kicked off in the historic West Adams district and walked to Venice Beach via Adams and Washington. In 2010, for its fifth edition, the Great Los Angeles Walk reprised its original Wilshire journey. In 2011, participants marched to the ocean via Hollywood Boulevard. In 2012, the Walk traveled across Melrose Avenue; in 2013, Sunset Boulevard; in 2014, the Walk traveled across the San Fernando Valley via Ventura Boulevard; and in 2015, the Walk took on Olympic Boulevard.
The Great Los Angeles Walk grew from dozens of participants to hundreds, and continues to expand each year as more Angelenos join in to explore their city on foot. The Los Angeles Times is a media marketing partner.
As always, the Walk is completely free. It is up to the participants to decide how much or how little of the walk they want to do. The Great Los Angeles Walk has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. Weekly, KABC-Channel 7, LAist.com and KNBC.com. In 2012, the LA Weekly recognized The Great Los Angeles Walk in its "Best of L.A." issue.
The official hashtag of The Great Los Angeles Walk is #glaw. Social media users can follow along all day on the walk's official Twitter feed, @greatlawalk, as we continually post our location.