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Pasadena's Going To Walk More, Here's How

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We are not all drivers, we are not all cyclists, we are not all transit riders, but we are all pedestrians. Every trip we take starts and ends with a walking trip. And no matter what part of the Los Angeles area you're in, walking can be, well, no walk in the park. There's always something: a bad sidewalk, ditzy drivers, driveways, the lack of a sidewalk, zero street activity and endless sights of shadeless boulevards.

Downtown Pasadena, by all counts, is a very nice place to walk. The problem is, people are still parking, doing their business, and driving to their next destination within downtown. To that, a group of residents, businesses, city officials, residents, architects, environmentalists and maybe even you will be participating in this Saturday's Downtown Pasadena Walkabout. It's a quest to make the four areas of downtown, Old Town, South Lake, Playhouse District, Paseo/Civic, connectable by walking.

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"Pasadena is blessed with the fact that it is already has wonderful walkable neighborhood," Carla Winnetka, a Playhouse District board member who came up with the walkabout idea, explained in a phone interview. "We would like to make Pasadena more of a walker's paradise."