We’ve all heard the Missing Persons song entitled “Walking in LA“, which states that “nobody walks in LA”. The song backs the premise up with examples such as you never see cops walking the beat, and you don’t see kids walking home from school. This may have been more accurate in the 80’s in my neighborhood, but the question remains, do people actually walk in Los Angeles?
I can assuredly state that people do walk in LA, especially in Downtown. I live in Downtown LA and tonight I will be taking part in the Art Walk, in which hundreds of people walk around to the 30+ galleries in Downtown LA. After that I will be walking to have dinner with my wife.
During the day and the weekend the streets in Downtown are full of people walking every which way. Recently the LAPD has put cops back on the beat and they walk through the streets of Downtown and make our neighborhood a safer place to live.
Last year, LA largest ever protest took place, and half a million people took to the streets on foot to support their cause for immigrant rights. Several of my friends in Downtown LA walk to work every day and many people take the subways and walk to their final destinations.
Clearly people do walk in LA.