A Walker in L.A.: On Broadway

What one seriously improved block says about the future of downtown

A report this week that L.A. is on the cusp of becoming a “major walkable city” has confirmed what dedicated pedestrians already know: Los Angeles is changing—dramatically. As evidence, I wanted to show you this downtown block in particular. When I first started walking everywhere six years ago, I really didn’t like this stretch of Broadway. The businesses were boarded up, the sidewalk was dark, and there weren’t nearly enough people out at night, so I’d either hurry through it or walk out of my way to avoid it. Cut to an evening last week, when the area was exploding with life: There were people out heading to bars, pedestrian improvements going in on the street, great pizza being served down the block, and an Urban freaking Outfitters offering up free wifi. You may not agree with all the changes happening in the city, but when a street suddenly feels safe for a woman to walk alone, it’s a very good thing indeed.

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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.