A Walker in L.A.: Lincoln Park’s Lasting Impression

Seeing the city from the ground up

Today is Los Angeles’ birthday—she turns 232 years old (but doesn’t look a day over 200). But the real party was on Saturday, when a group of descendants of the original founding families led a walk from the San Gabriel Mission to El Pueblo downtown. I joined Los Pobladores for the nine-mile stroll through a series of neighborhoods I rarely visit: Alhambra, El Sereno, and Lincoln Heights, marveling at the new-to-me landscapes. We stopped to refill our water bottles at Lincoln Park, by a lake that was nearly empty save for a group of fishermen out enjoying the humid morning. With the bright colors of the rec center reflecting off the rippled water and a few ducks gliding in the distance, it was a scene an impressionist master could appreciate.

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.