Great L.A. Walk Takes on Wilshire Blvd. This Saturday

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Wilshire Blvd. cuts through the landscape, as seen from above (Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

One of the most storied streets in Los Angeles meets one one of the coolest public events this weekend, as the fifth annual Great Los Angeles Walk takes on Wilshire Boulevard for a second time.

This all-day urban hike organized by Franklin Avenue goes from Wilshire's start in Downtown all the way to the Pacific Ocean, for a total of just under 16 miles. It's not a race, though. Expect each of the estimated 250 participating walkers to go at their own pace, pausing to ponder architecture, history, and photo opps. A midday stop around LACMA is scheduled, with Wilshire's infamous food truck parking spots holding a handful of trucks for your lunching pleasure. At the end, Border Grill in Santa Monica will welcome walkers to the afterparty.

Wilshire Boulevard makes for a fascinating walk, and a straight shot, too, taking Saturday's walkers past historic locales, and giving them a chance to soak up some deep-rooted local history. To prime yourself for the walk (besides some stretching, sending in an email RSVP, and wearing comfy shoes) take a look at the LA Conservancy's "Curating the City" site, or pick up a copy of Kevin Roderick's amazing book, Wilshire Boulevard.

Great Los Angeles Walk: Wilshire Boulevard
Saturday November 20th, 2010, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.