A Walker in L.A.: Beach Bumming

You get older, but Venice stays the same age

Not to get all Matthew McConaughey on you, but one of his most famous quotes—after “all right, all right, all right”—came to me the other day when I was walking in Venice Beach: “That’s what I love about all these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.” It’s kind of how I feel about Venice, a place I used to come to every day for work, but now I rarely get to. A decade after I first strolled its boardwalk, Venice hasn’t changed a bit. The cast of characters are all there: the breakdancers, the skateboarders, the snake charmers, the medicinal marijuana pushers. And it’s still one of my favorite places in L.A. to walk—one of the few spots where pedestrians get the best real estate in the city.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.