JOIN US SATURDAY, NOV. 23, 2019

For the 14th year we're walking across SoCal -- this time from Arcadia, through Pasadena on Colorado Blvd. and down Figueroa St. through Highland Park on the way to downtown Los Angeles and City Hall!

Save the date: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 at 9 a.m. -- Meet at the War Memorial Fountain at Arcadia County Park!

To join in, just EMAIL US at greatlawalk@mail.com or check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/greatlawalk

Make sure you're on the email list! And check back here for more details!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Redwood Bar & Grill Is This Year's After-Walk Gathering Spot: Eat, Drink and Celebrate!


After meeting at the end of the walk and taking some pictures in front of City Hall, we'll be heading to The Redwood Bar & Grill (316 W. 2nd St. in downtown) to celebrate! (I wish I had the money to pay for all of us, but alas, you're on your own with covering your food/drink.) They've set aside a place in the restaurant for Great LA Walkers to relax, order some food and beverage, and recap the day! The Redwood boasts a pirate/nautical theme and is open to all ages to eat. They're expecting our group there between 5 and 8 p.m. on Nov. 23 and will have a space for us.


Here's how the Redwood describes itself:
If the legendary explorer Amerigo Vespucci opened a bar on one his early trips to America it would have been just like the Redwood. Warm, intimate and inviting, the Redwood welcomes you into the galley with an Ahoy! Sit at one of the Captain's tables and sample the culinary delights from around the world, or pull up a stool and listen to the finest musicalacts the City of Angels has to offer. The Redwood is here for you.


And even more detail from Yelp, which notes that the Redwood was first established in 1942:
Located near the L.A. Times building, the Redwood has hosted lawyers, bail bondsmen, politicians like Bobby Kennedy and Richard Nixon, and, not surprisingly, hundreds of journalists. So many L.A. Times reporters frequented the bar that, for several years, the Times paid for a direct phone line to the Redwood. And that bright red phone still hangs on the wall by the door at the Redwood. "It was installed by the L.A. Times so they could call across to here to get a hold of a reporter or photographer — because they were in here so often. Up until a couple of years ago, it was still live," Bartlett says, "It even has an extension number on it.

You've also seen the Redwood in several films, such as "Bridesmaids" and "(500) Days of Summer."


Friday, November 8, 2019

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2019 Press Release



THE 14th ANNUAL GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK HIKES THROUGH ARCADIA, PASADENA, HIGHLAND PARK AND CHINATOWN ON NOV. 23

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 7, 2019) -- Hundreds of Angelenos will hit the sidewalks once again on Saturday, November 23, for The Great Los Angeles Walk 2019 – the annual event that dispels the myth that “nobody walks in L.A.”

This year, for the 14th edition, The Great Los Angeles Walk (http://www.greatlawalk.com) is taking a break from its usual downtown-to-ocean routes, and will instead travel through the San Gabriel Valley and Northeast Los Angeles. The Walk will travel through Arcadia and Pasadena via Colorado Blvd., before walking through Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Chinatown on Figueroa St. in Los Angeles.

Participants will meet at the Arcadia County Park fountain, in Arcadia, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

From the fountain, we'll head west on Huntington Drive, past the Santa Anita Park and mall, turning north on Baldwin Ave. (past the Los Angeles County Arboretum). We'll walk under the 210 to Foothill Blvd., turning left and walking west until we get to Michillinda Ave. We'll then walk South to Colorado Blvd., and begin our journey through Pasadena.

At the edge of Old Town Pasadena, we'll make our way over the Colorado Street Bridge, then continue to Figueroa Street, where we'll turn left and head south. We'll walk through Highland Park and then make a left at Pasadena Ave. to North Broadway, where we'll hang a right, walk over the Los Angeles River, and then walk through Chinatown. Our final destination: Grand Park, in front of City Hall.

The Great Los Angeles Walk will conclude with a group photo and informal celebration in downtown Los Angeles at a location to be announced later. Walkers will be encouraged to utilize the Metro Gold Line, which offers public transportation between Arcadia and the finish of the walk in downtown.

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; in 2015, the Walk took on Olympic Boulevard; in 2016, it returned to Pico; in 2017, the Walk tackled Beverly Boulevard; and in 2018, in honor of Jonathan Gold, we walked on 6th Street, including through Koreatown.

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.

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 Los Angeles magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. Weekly, KCAL-Channel 9, 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. More recently, the Walk was included in the book "The Best Things to Do In Los Angeles: 1001 Ideas" by Joy Yoon.

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.

Monday, October 28, 2019

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2019 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


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OK, you know the drill by now: Is walking 18 miles even humanly possible? (When you're taking your time on an all-day leisurely stroll, sure!) Can I bike it? (Yes!) Take the Metro? (Of course!) Bring a dog or my kid? (Sure!) Quit half way through? (Whatever you want!) Does it cost money (No!) Are you personally driving me back to my car? (Well, no.)

Here it is, the unofficial Frequently Asked Questions roundup for the GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK 2019! (This will be updated with new information as it comes available!)

1. WHEN/WHERE? Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 -- the Saturday before Thanksgiving, like we do every year. We're meeting at the Arcadia County Park fountain, located at the corner of Huntington Drive and S. Santa Anita Ave. in Arcadia. Look for the crowd of people who look ready to hike their way through Los Angeles!

Feel free to get there early and grab breakfast at one of the nearby spots. Across the street is Denny's, located under a windmill — a remnant of the site's original tenant, the now-defunct Van de Kamp's bakery. There's also a donut shop on Huntington.

At 9 am we'll gather for a pep talk and some info about the day. Then, we're off, some time after 9 am! THE WALK HAPPENS, RAIN OR SHINE! (We had light rain one year, but it cleared up by mid day.)

2. WHO? We're expecting 300 or so urban hikers this year. We're taking RSVPs at greatlawalk(at)mail(dot)com (yes, "mail," not "gmail") and on Facebook, but RSVPs are not necessary. We'll take anyone who shows up too!

3. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? C'mon, it's completely free! But you're on your own when it comes to lunch, dinner, water, etc. So don't forget to plan accordingly.

4. WHAT'S THE PATH? From the fountain, we'll head west on Huntington Drive, past the Santa Anita Park and mall, turning north on Baldwin Ave. (past the Los Angeles County Arboretum). We'll walk under the 210 to Foothill Blvd., turning left and walking west until we get to Michillinda Ave. We'll then walk South to Colorado Blvd., and begin our journey through Pasadena.

At the edge of Old Town Pasadena, we'll make our way over the Colorado Street Bridge, then continue to Figueroa Street, where we'll turn left and head south. We'll walk through Highland Park and then make a left at Pasadena Ave. to North Broadway, where we'll hang a right, walk over the Los Angeles River, and then walk through Chinatown. Our final destination: Grand Park, in front of City Hall.

After taking celebratory photos, we'll then celebrate nearby at an after party (Location TBD).

We strictly walk down sidewalks. As for bathroom breaks along the way, it's up to you to find businesses that will let you go. Coffee shops like Starbucks and The Coffee Bean are usually pretty good for that.

5. WHAT IF I CAN'T GET THERE THAT EARLY, OR DON'T WANT TO START THAT FAR WEST? Just wait for us somewhere on the path and join in once we pass by. Several hikers will be Twittering as well -- including us, at @greatlawalk. Check one of those Twitter accounts to figure out where we are.

6. WHAT DO WE DO ALONG THE WAY? Explore! The whole excitement of exploring L.A. by foot is to get up close and personal with sites you might normally miss while cruising down the street in your car. And there's a lot to see this year, as we pass sites such as Santa Anita Park, the LA County Arboretum, Historic Route 66, Pasadena City College, Old Town Pasadena, the Rose Bowl, the Colorado Bridge, the Arroyo Seco, the Eagle Rock rock, the historic homes and buildings of Highland Park, the Southwest Museum, the Lummis Home, Chinatown and more.

6. HOW LONG IS THE HIKE? Around 18 and a half miles.

IMPORTANT: This is not a race. Sure, you can sprint all the way to the end, but where's the fun in that? There's no prize for who gets there first. Instead, take a breath, and join the bulk of us as we leisurely stroll toward the end and stop frequently to take in the sights.

7. WHEN WILL WE GET TO THE END? With so many hikers, people will eventually start to space out. Impatient, faster walkers might get there soon after lunch. But the bulk of the walkers will get there around 5.

8. CAN WE BIKE IT? BRING KIDS? PETS? Because you're walking on your own accord -- remember, this is an unofficial gathering of passionate Angelenos walking the streets of our communities -- you can do whatever you want. Use your best judgement, of course. We're not responsible for you.

9. WHAT ABOUT INJURIES? Again, there is no infrastructure to our Walk, so you need to take care of yourself just like you would whenever you walk anywhere. Be careful, stay safe and stick with a group of walkers!

10. WHAT ABOUT LUNCH? We'll be taking a lunch break -- probably around an hour or so -- around the halfway point. Stay tuned for info about a possible lunch partner.

11. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WALK IS DONE? We'll take group photos at the end... and then celebrate by grabbing food and drinks between 5 and 8 pm at a location TBD.

12. HOW DO I GET THERE, OR GET HOME? Either plan with a friend and get to downtown early morning, parking one car, then carpool to Arcadia (where you'll park the other car). OR: Park in Arcadia, walk to downtown, then eventually take Gold Line Metro back to your car in Arcadia. Check out LA Metro for bus or train times!

13. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING? Loose, comfy clothing. I'd wear shorts, a t-shirt (and perhaps a sweatshirt, depending on the temperature). Also, tennis shoes... sunglasses... a hat... sunscreen... extra socks... a blister kit (optional, of course -- I haven't brought one, although Band-Aids  are a good idea)... and most importantly, your phone! Take photos, share on social media, and document your experience.

14. HOW CAN I GET A T-SHIRT? T-shirts are now for sale at http://greatlawalk.spreadshirt.com (we don't make any money off of these). But order fast, in order get the shirts in time for the Walk.

15. HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR THIS? It's not a marathon, so training isn't really necessary. I suppose you could walk around your neighborhood in the days before hand... but I'd avoid any big gym routine the day before, so you're not sore the day you're hiking. But other than that... I didn't train at all for any of the previous nine walks, and have turned out just fine.

16. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? Why not? There's no special reason, no charity, no protest, no issue we're promoting -- other than a passion for Los Angeles. In 2006, I organized our walk down Wilshire to mark my 10th anniversary in Los Angeles. But it was so much fun, and it was a chance to meet so many new people, that we did it again in 2007, down Pico; in 2008, via Sunset and Santa Monica Blvd.; and in 2009, we hit West Adams as we walked down Adams and Washington to Venice Beach. In 2010, we returned to Wilshire for the fifth walk; in 2011, we hit Hollywood; in 2012, it was Melrose's turn; in 2013, it was all about Sunset Boulevard; in 2014, we hit the Valley via Ventura Boulevard; in 2015, it was Olympic Boulevard; in 2016, we returned to Pico; in 2017, we hit Beverly Boulevard; and in 2018, we walked on 6th Street and through Koreatown.

It's the Saturday before Thanksgiving as well, so somehow I don't feel as bad gorging on sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie a few days later. And hey, it'll be a cool conversation piece at your holiday party.

17. CAN I SEND IN PHOTOS? READ A RECAP LATER? Of course! We'll have an official GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK 2019 page on Flickr for you to upload your pics. And check out www.greatlawalk.com the Monday after the Walk to read a full recap! Send us links to your own recaps, YouTube videos, etc.

18. IMPORTANT: You are walking on your own volition. The Great Los Angeles Walk is just a casual opportunity to walk with other Angelenos through the region. It's not an official organization of any sort -- and is therefore not responsible for your conduct or anything that may happen during your hike. Be careful, and be respectful of others and of your city.

Any more questions? Add 'em below and we'll answer them!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Great Los Angeles Walk 2019 T-Shirts Now Available — Wear 'Em Proudly!



Get your 2019 GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK shirt now in order for it to arrive before this year's Walk! Wear it proudly on November 23 -- and show everyone that, yep, you spent all day walking from Arcadia, through Pasadena, down Highland Park and to City Hall! Click below for the T-shirts... which this year comes in a a sharp burgundy. (Unlike past years, we're hoping that everyone sticks with the same color, so that we're a force on the sidewalks!)

We've just posted a whole bunch of t-shirts at Spreadshirt, including choices for men, women and kids. We don't make any money on these; it's just to get everyone in the spirit. Go here: greatlawalk.spreadshirt.com (or click below).

Meanwhile, keep up with info about this year's GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK via our website (www.greatlawalk.com) or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/greatlawalk). And RSVP at our email (greatlawalk@mail.com)!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Sign Up for the Great Los Angeles Walk Mailing List!


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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

NBC Los Angeles Touts This Year's Great Los Angeles Walk


Thanks as always to Alysia Gray Painter for writing about the Great Los Angeles Walk on NBC LA's website! Here's this year's story. Alysia has long helped spread the word; in this year's piece, she notes:

unlike many of the Great Los Angeles Walks of past years, the 2019 outing will not head from downtown to the ocean along a (mostly) single thoroughfare; rather, this one will start in Arcadia, toodle through Pasadena, and then saunter down Figueroa, with a final destination of City Hall.

Vintage Route 66 sights, the iconic Colorado Bridge, the actual Eagle Rock, Highland Park's many charms, and Los Angeles State Historic Park will be some of the pass-throughs and pass-bys along the way.

The only remaining question is this: Can you pre-walk-off a sweet potato casserole before you bake it?

Well... That's wishful thinking. But what's real? This real gem of a city we call home, and the chance to admire it on a nice November day, step by step, alongside a bunch of other enthusiastic urban adventurers.

Friday, September 27, 2019

The 14th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk Takes a Detour to Northeast Los Angeles, Pasadena and Arcadia!



For the 14th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk, we're mixing things up! For the first time since our 2014 walk across the San Fernando Valley, the GLAW is taking a detour from its usual downtown-to-ocean route.

This year, we're heading northeast -- to the San Gabriel Valley and northeast Los Angeles, before ending in downtown. In doing so, we'll be focusing most of our walk on two iconic streets: Colorado Blvd. and Figueroa.

The walk will begin at Arcadia County Park's War Memorial Fountain (across the street from a Van de Kamp's windmill that now serves as a Denny's location) and pass by the Santa Anita horse racing track, before swinging north to Colorado Blvd. — and from there we'll enter Pasadena and work our way west, down what was once Route 66. We'll see historic Pasadena buildings and eventually get to the famed Old Town Pasadena, before then walking on the Colorado Bridge.



From there, we'll hit the outskirts of Eagle Rock (and see the actual Eagle Rock), then hang a left on Figueroa and head south, down through Highland Park and its various historic buildings and residences. We'll cross over the river and past the Los Angeles State Historic Park into Chinatown, then near El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument on to our final destination: Grand Park and Los Angeles City Hall.

The start point is near a Metro Gold Line station, and the end point is also transit-friendly. This is a fantastic way to explore a different part of Los Angeles than we normally do, see some fantastic historic sites and end in downtown, which will already be decked out for the holidays. From there, we'll celebrate at a downtown location to be announced later.



Stay tuned for more details! Always check www.greatlawalk.com for updates, and feel free to drop us a line at greatlawalk@mail.com to let us know you're coming!

Most importantly: The date for the walk is SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019 at 9 am. Meet at Arcadia County Park's War Memorial Fountain! (It's always the Saturday before Thanksgiving -- just remember that!) More details to come!