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I hope you’ll join me on this year’s Great LA Walk coming up on Saturday, November 20th. Hundreds of Angelenos will “return to Wilshire”, the street traversed by the first group of Great LA Walk participants in 2006.

Last year, several Bruins walked along Adams and Washington Boulevards with me between USC and Sepulveda Boulevard. We caught the Culver CityBus 6 back to Westwood at Sepulveda because my feet were in pain.

Lesson learned: Feet expand. Wear properly sized shoes! I’ll be wearing my Dansko clogs, actually, and carry running shoes to switch into midway.

The press release is posted below:

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 9, 2010) — Hundreds of Angelenos will hit the sidewalks this November for The Great Los Angeles Walk 2010 – the annual event that dispels the myth that “nobody walks in L.A.”

For the fifth annual event, the Great Los Angeles Walk (www.greatlawalk.com) will return to where it all began: Wilshire Blvd. (the site of the first Walk in 2006). Participants will meet at downtown’s Pershing Square at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, and proceed to walk the entire 15.6 mile length of Wilshire.

Along the way, as they hike down L.A.’s grand boulevard, walkers will encounter historic buildings like Bullocks Wilshire and the Wiltern Theatre; attractions such as MacArthur Park and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the remains of L.A. icons that fell to the wrecking ball, such as the Ambassador Hotel and Perino’s.

Walkers will pass through a diverse cross-section of the region, including Downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown, the Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, Westwood and Santa Monica.

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. (via Sunset). And in 2009, the event kicked off in the historic West Adams district and walked to Venice Beach via Adams and Washington.

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. Walkers are responsible for their own meals, although a selection of gourmet food trucks will be parked to feed hungry Walkers during the lunchtime break near LACMA.

The Walk coincides with a major update of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s website devoted to Wilshire, Curating the City: Wilshire Blvd., at www.curatingthecity.org Launched in 2005 as part of a much broader educational program, the award-winning site offers a virtual tour of Wilshire with descriptions of eight neighborhoods and 160 structures, accompanied by more than a thousand images. The recent update added nearly sixty buildings and hundreds of photos.

Everyone on the (actual) Great Los Angeles Walk 2010 will receive a copy of the Conservancy booklet from 2005 that describes dozens of landmarks along the boulevard.