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Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Great Los Angeles Walk 4: Help Us Choose a Street

Now that Summer's pretty much over, fall's gonna go by fast -- and before you know it, it's gonna be the holidays again. For the last three years, we've kicked off the holiday season by throwing our annual Great Los Angeles Walk on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

It's the perfect day to do it: The temps are cool, but not too cool; there are few other events going on that day; and everyone's looking to burn a few calories in preparation for the Thanksgiving gorge-fest they're about to embark on. So this year, count on the fourth annual Great L.A. Walk to take place on Saturday, November 21.

Mark your calendars. In the meantime, help us pick another street to hold this year's hike. As you know, we marched down Wilshire Blvd. in year one (2006), Pico in year two (2007) and Santa Monica Blvd. (with a touch of Sunset) in year three (2008).

All great streets. The best streets for the Great L.A. Walk include some interesting architecture and a lively environment. It gets a little harder from here: Olympic, for example, has long stretches of dull residential. Ditto Venice.

Eventually, we might consider altering the geography of the walk. But for now, I'd still like to stick to our 14-16 mile theme: Start in Downtown and work our way to the ocean.

So what are some of your suggestions? Sell me on Olympic. Dazzle me with why Venice or Washington make sense. Perhaps this is the year for a North-South street? All recommendations gladly taken.