With a forecast of 70 degrees and sunny, we couldn’t ask for better weather for my 2nd-Annual March March this Saturday, which will gather at the main entrance of Union Station and set out at 10 a.m. to board the Gold Line across the Eastside (making stops at stations along the way to explore) and returning (see map above) to Union Station on foot primarily along Whittier Boulevard.
Since posting it up here on Blogging.la and Facebook (click either/both for more details) I’ve done some looking around and have come up with a list of landmarks and establishments that I’ll be trying my best to work in to the routes both out and back, including (in no particular order):
- Libros Schmibros Bookstore
- Location of the Silver Dollar Bar
- El Mercado de Los Angeles
- ChimMaya Gallery
- East LA Civic Center Mural
- Breed Street Shul
- Max Factor and Elmer O. Simons houses
What I long ago decided I won’t be trying my best to do is pretend I’m some sort of expert on the area, filling your ears with too much internet-cribbed info. I do that on some of my annual group bike rides, but in this first-time case, the last thing I want to be and you need is some guy reading stuff he didn’t know about the day before. So a guided tour this ain’t. A ground-level opportunity to discover and enjoy and share and connect with, such a vibrant, diverse, historic, integral and often-overlooked area of our greater Los Angeles, this is.
I’m estimating we’ll probably be walking in the range of 10-12 miles total over anywhere up to six hours. If you’re driving in, there’s pay parking at/around Union Station and Olvera Street and Chinatown, but you might also consider parking anywhere near a Red Line station downtown and subway’ing it the rest of the way. You don’t need me to tell you what stuff you should bring, but what the hell: $6 for a Metro day pass, sunscreen, hat, shades, camera, cash, snacks, water, a willingness to be a tourist in your own town. Hope you can join me.