JOIN US SATURDAY, NOV. 19, 2016!

For the 11th year we're walking across Los Angeles!

Save the date: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at 9 a.m. Meet at GRAND HOPE PARK (corner of 9th and Hope) in Downtown Los Angeles!

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2016 Recap: Pico Boulevard is All of Los Angeles, in 15 Miles



Another year, another street conquered!

The Great Los Angeles Walk returned to Pico Boulevard for its 11th edition, and hundreds of passionate Angelenos -- fueled by love of city and community and eager to walk across the city -- hiked from downtown's Grand Hope Park to the ocean on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Together, we kicked things off in the morning with quick comments from Carter Rubin, who represented the Mayor's office and its Great Streets LA initiative, as well as author and legendary endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, who gave the crowd a pep talk and shared information about her new organization, EverWalk.

From there, the crowd experienced many different cross sections of Los Angeles on foot, including the Convention Center (currently home to the Auto Show); the city's shortest street (Powers Place); the beautiful old homes of Alvarado Terrace; the amazing St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral; the Central American-dominated Byzantine-Latino Quarter; a slice of Koreatown; the diverse restaurants and shops of Mid-City (tacos, soul food, California cuisine, even a Swedish deli); the closed (for the Sabbath) Jewish shops and restaurants west of Fairfax; the Fox lot; the Rancho Park golf course; a collection of murals in Santa Monica; the cool breeze as we marched toward the ocean; a celebratory drink at Chez Jay's; and much more.

Here are some highlights from the day:

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Congregating at Grand Hope Park

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With some of the crowd

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More of the crowd

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Carter Rubin addresses the crowd



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Diana Nyad speaks

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Crowded sidewalk

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Heading down Hope, on to Pico

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On our way

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Heading to Pico

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Downtown mural

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Truly not sure what's happening here

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Muhammad Ali mural

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Convention Center

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El Parian

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Powers Place, LA's shortest street

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Alvarado Terrace

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City of LA time switch

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Pico street crew

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Christmastime is here

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St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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Entering the cathedral

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Inside the cathedral

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Details inside the cathedral

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Now that is quite a throne

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Byzantine-Latino Quarter

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Frida

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View inside one of the many, many bakeries on Pico

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Have a seat!

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Street art on Pico

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The most disturbing art on Pico: A horrifying pizza murder in progress.

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Paletas! I got a delicious cucumber chile bar!



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Passing by Pico murals

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Boxing on Pico

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The chairs of Pico

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L.A. treasure Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles!

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Members of the Pico Great Streets LA initiative

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Surprise music performance on the route by Taliesin Day



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Lunch break at 2 Cents (where I enjoyed ox tail tacos!)

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Definitely need to return to Olson's Scandinavian Deli -- for their candy selection alone! (Below)

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Taking you up on this, Metro!

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Uh oh, did someone lose this?

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The ghost of Charles Bukowski can be found up and down Pico

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Half way point at La Cienega

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Ghost business sign

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Cat tag

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Keeping an eye out

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There were a surprising number of vacuum shops up and down Pico. Anyone else notice?

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Someone needs to translate this for me

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The Church of Type: a letterpress enthusiast's dream

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Cookies and goodies at Caprice Bakery

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"Love" by Allison Kunath: One of many Beautify Earth murals found in Santa Monica.

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Pico Piggy

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Darth Skater

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Mural by Chris Saunders

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Santa Monica muralist Clinton Bopp in action

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Red rooster

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Pico mural

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Selfie with some of the Walkers at the beach

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Sunset at the ocean

Even the LA Rams tweeted their support yesterday:









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