A New "Cultural Tourist Agency" Teaches Angelenos How to Walk in the City A New "Cultural Tourist Agency" Teaches Angelenos How to Walk in the City
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A New "Cultural Tourist Agency" Teaches Angelenos How to Walk in the City

by Alissa Walker

March 13, 2011

On the Being Pedestrian site, anyone can learn how to walk with this heightened awareness. Prompts that ask pedestrians to consider what makes a sidewalk comfortable sidewalk and how crosswalks make you feel help walkers understand what designers have done to make their stroll more pleasant (or in some cases, neglected to do). These physical prompts are combined with more unusual requests like pausing to examine the scale of expansive buildings, which teaches walkers to stop and look up periodically. They've even mapped a section of downtown's South Park to help walkers recognize the different urban design elements that inform their walking decisions. 

Of course, the jabs are inevitable: "Only in L.A. do people need instructions on how to walk," quipped a commenter on a recent Facebook post. But Daleiden thinks any city would be able to benefit from a similar program, since most have also been designed for the automobile. "They've also been shaped by many of the same urban conditions which shaped L.A., even if our city is a reference for an extreme hotbed for urban design that is diverse and distanced." she says. "We do think L.A.'s vast urban landscape is walkable if you have an open mind."

You can join Being Pedestrian at A South Park Picnic on Saturday, March 12 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Grand Hope Park in downtown Los Angeles. Being Pedestrian and Habeas Lounge will be offering walking tours, conversations with planning experts, reflective mapping exercises and, they promise, a few surprises. Tours will happen throughout the afternoon so people can arrive at any time, as long as you're ready to walk.

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A New "Cultural Tourist Agency" Teaches Angelenos How to Walk in the City