THE 17th ANNUAL GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK HITS THE PAVEMENT FROM HISTORIC WEST ADAMS TO THE OCEAN ON NOV. 19
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 7, 2022) -- Hundreds of Angelenos will hit the sidewalks once again on Saturday, November 19, for The Great Los Angeles Walk 2022 – the annual event that dispels the myth that “nobody walks in L.A.”
After last year's event retraced the steps of L.A.’s first settlers (Los Pobladores) from San Gabriel Mission to downtown, the 2022 edition of The Great Los Angeles Walk (http://www.greatlawalk.com) is returning to its traditional hike to the ocean.
This year’s Walk will meet at the Exposition Park rose garden at 9 a.m. on Nov. 19, and then head to Adams and Figueroa (home to both the historic St. Vincent de Paul church and SoCal AAA headquarters), and continue down Adams Blvd. to Culver City, where the path intersects with Washington Blvd. The Walk continues from there, all the way to Venice Beach.
The Great Los Angeles Walk last visited West Adams in 2009. Like that event, we’ll once again tour the architectural treasures of the West Adams neighborhood, and hit other historic buildings (plus a few famous structures from TV and film). We’ll also visit attractions including the Velaslavasay Panorama, which will be open for the occasion.
Attendees will be encouraged to explore the city in a safe way, and follow proper safety protocols. From there, they should explore the city, document what they see and share that experience with others. It’s not a race – attendees are encourage to take their time, explore, learn about their city and even build community with others. The Walk will end with a celebration at a venue to be announced later.
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, the Walk returned to Pico; in 2017, it tackled Beverly Boulevard; in 2018, in honor of Jonathan Gold, we walked on 6th Street, including through Koreatown; in 2019, we walked down Colorado Blvd. from Arcadia and Pasadena, and then through Highland Park to downtown via Figueroa; in 2020, the socially distanced edition returned to Wilshire; and in 2021, we walked the "Los Pobladores" route from San Gabriel to downtown .
The Great Los Angeles Walk grew from dozens of participants to hundreds, and continues to expand each year – always the Saturday before Thanksgiving -- 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 hashtags of The Great Los Angeles Walk are #greatlawalk and #glaw. Social media users can follow along all day on the walk's official Twitter feed, @greatlawalk, as we continually post our location.
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CONTACT: Michael Schneider