JOIN US SATURDAY, NOV. 22, 2014!

For the ninth year we're walking across Los Angeles!
Meet on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills. We'll be leaving at 9 a.m. sharp, and walking across Ventura Boulevard, before heading up Lankershim to complete our journey in North Hollywood!

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

More details to come, so make sure you're on the email list! And check back here for more!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Great Los Angeles Walk, Named "One of the Best Things to Do in LA"

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Here's something that doesn't happen every day: I was browsing the Los Angeles/California books at Barnes & Noble (as I do), when I came across the book The Best Things to Do in Los Angeles: 1001 Ideas by Joy Yoon. According to Amazon, the book came out in 2003, but I finally saw it in December.

So yeah, I admit, I immediately went to the index, just to see if The Great Los Angeles Walk was mentioned. Because, hey, if she's listing 1001 things to do, why not include the Walk? I fully expected being disappointed... but then, there it was! No. 956!

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So hey, it's now immediately my favorite book about Los Angeles. Here's the blurb from Amazon:

The definitive guide for tourists and locals alike, this comprehensive guidebook draws on a lifetime of local experience for 1001 great things to do in Los Angeles.

Probably more than any other major cultural metropolis, Los Angeles is a city for those in the know. A guide like no other, this is the first book to go beyond locations and events to tap into the variety of things only a local could know. The Best Things to Do in Los Angeles explores every aspect of Los Angeles life. Find the best spots to view the Hollywood sign or exactly where to catch postgame fireworks at Dodger Stadium. Track down the most authentic eateries in ethnic enclaves, and engage in L.A.’s legendary food wars, from hamburgers to French dips. Follow the most beautiful routes up and down the Pacific coast, take your own unique architectural tour of the Hollywood Hills, or find out where the city’s best bookstores are and read up on it all instead.

Organized by theme – from destinations to views and sights, food and drink, and of course the Hollywood trail of superstar haunts and famous locations – and with contributions from celebrated Angelenos including, Gary Baseman, Flea, Ludo Lefebvre, Sasha Spielberg, and more, this is simply the most helpful and fun guidebook there is to the City of Angels.

Here's the full entry:
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2014 Recap: We Conquer The Valley

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Several hundred of us marched across the San Fernando Valley -- "America's Suburb" -- on Saturday, getting an up-close-and-personal look at most of Ventura Boulevard. And it was, like, totally awesome to the max!

OK, enough with the early 1980s Valley stereotypes. The 9th Annual GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK attracted a large crowd of first timers and veteran participants, particularly many new folks from the Valley who had never heard of the GLAW until this year. In the process we hiked at least 17 and a half miles from one end to the other -- Woodland Hills to North Hollywood.

Along the way, we traveled through Tarzana, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Universal City and more. The weather was great, the food options were plentiful and there was much to see. In the end, we celebrated at District Pub NoHo, which was fantastically accommodating to our group.

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We kicked things off with a visit from the Nudie car, an El Dorado customized by the late tailor Nudie Cohn. Tommy Gelinas of the Valley Relics museum brought the car for all to see, and also gave a talk about how passionate he is about Valley pop culture history.

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Tommy Gelinas, left, and Scott Sterling talk about their mutual love for the Valley.

Then Scott Sterling of the newly opened Museum of the San Fernando Valley spoke and told us all about some of the landmarks we would see on Saturday, and a bit about his new brick-and-mortar location. Thanks to Tommy and Scott for kicking things off!

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Along the way, this year's Walk gave us a look at some of the Valley's coolest mid-century architecture, including the Fleetwood Center, Mel's Drive Inn, Casa de Cadillac and more. We also passed by historic sites like the Rancho Los Encinos (a state park most of us had never even visited) and Campo de Cahuenga. We even passed by two of Hollywood's busiest studios: CBS Studio Center and Universal Studios.

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This being the most built-up walk of businesses we've ever done, I also lost count at the sheer number of Starbucks we walked by. Not to mention Vape stores. Apparently the Valley really likes vaping. (There were also quite a few tacky furniture stores, reminding us that some folks may still be stuck in the 1980s after all!)

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Here are some more pics from the day:

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A lot of BBQ joints in the West Valley. This is not a bad thing.

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Now this is a taste crime. This infamous building could be one of the ugliest on Ventura.

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The view from Woodland Hills' Chalk Hill -- which I did not know was named Chalk Hill until Saturday!

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Classic In-N-Out Burger design.

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Woodland Casual Patio and Rattan (architect unknown)

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Best-named business on Ventura?

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Fleetwood Center (architect Lee Oakes). Strip mall with a Cadillac facade, yet was never a car dealership.

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Corbin Bowl -- renovated but kept its cool original sign.

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Sorry Cupid's, but your mascot is a touch creepy.

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Tarzana! No lion sightings.

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You buying?

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It's always time to buy liquor.

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The hookup on Hookahs.

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The best mural on Ventura, hands down. SWEEP THE LEG! Oh "The Karate Kid," you and "E.T." were my first introduction to the San Fernando Valley as a kid.

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There's something cool about walking by this Googie-style car wash on foot. Won't be needing one today!

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Like I mentioned, the Los Encinos State Historic Park was a great find on this Walk. We had never visited.

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More from the park

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Some history for ya.

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El Camino Real bell

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THESE ARE NOT REAL PEOPLE. This art installation is kinda interesting, kinda weird, kinda disturbing.

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Walking toward the 405

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Just, no.

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Mel's Drive Inn (Armet & Davis) Googie design.

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Casa de Cadillac (Randall Duell, Phillip Conklin), recently restored but first opened in 1949.

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I don't know.

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Puppet school!

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The Valley's war on hipsters.

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Soft serve break!

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Daryl from "The Walking Dead," spotted on Ventura!

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The literal Studio City Hand Car Wash.

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This late in the day, breaks are necessary!

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Words of encouragement from Prints Charm'n!

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Campo de Cahuenga

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Tupac ushers in the final stretch.

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These North Hollywood Toyota mannequins ALWAYS freak me out.

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RIP, Robin.

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NoHo! Almost there.

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Just a portion of the folks who made it to the end, at the Art Institute of California-Hollywood. (Many were still walking or already celebrating at District Pub Noho when this was taken.)

Thanks to everyone who came and walked! We'll see you next year for the 10TH ANNIVERSARY GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK -- Saturday, November 21, 2015!

Read most of the Tweets from the day -- at least the ones with the #glaw hashtag -- here!

Post your Great Los Angeles Walk 2014 photos to our Flickr stream here.

Still want a t-shirt as a souvenir? They're available here: http://greatlawalk.spreadshirt.com/.

Here are some links to other recaps of this year's Great Los Angeles Walk. Send us your links!

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2014 Flickr Pool

Friday, November 21, 2014

VIDEO: The Great LA Walk on Friday's KCAL Newscast

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On KCAL's 2 p.m. newscast today I talked to Josh Rubenstein about the Great Los Angeles Walk's first time in the Valley. Watch below! And see you tomorrow!



Thursday, November 20, 2014