The 15th edition of the Great Los Angeles Walk returns on Saturday, November 21! (Always the Saturday before Thanksgiving.) This socially distant edition is returning to Wilshire Blvd. -- and this year, there's no set time, just get out there and explore L.A.'s grand boulevard!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Los Angeles Conservancy's Definitive Wilshire Boulevard Site

The Los Angeles Conservancy's "Curating the City: Wilshire Boulevard" site may be the definitive place to read up and map all things Wilshire.

Per the Conservancy, "'Curating the City: Wilshire Blvd.' kicked off on October 2, 2005 with an architectural tour of six historic sites along the boulevard. It continued through November 2005 with a range of related events presented in conjunction with partnering organizations along Wilshire. Events ranged from a family art workshop, to panel discussions, to a photo exhibit, spoken word event, and even a fashion show. The program produced permanent resources such as a Kids’ Guide to Wilshire, a trilingual booklet (in English, Spanish, and Korean), teaching materials, and an award-winning website."

Here are links to some of those resources:

Explore Wilshire Blvd.: Use this map to explore the great places of Wilshire Boulevard, firsthand or online.

For Kids and Teachers: Go here for downloadable resources including a super-fun Kids' Guide, lesson plans developed for LAUSD teachers in 2005, a guide to religious spaces on Wilshire, and a five-part Reading Room series published by the Los Angeles Times in 2005.

History of Wilshire Blvd.: The story of Wilshire is the story of Los Angeles. Visit these pages to learn more, and explore 30,000 years of history on the timeline below.

Birth of the Boulevard - how Wilshire began

Life in the Fast Lane - our love affair with the automobile

Wilshire Today - new communities adding their own layers of history

Preserving Wilshire's History - how the boulevard reflects the need for, and value of, preservation

Neighborhoods - overviews of eight neighborhoods from downtown to the ocean

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