Sunday, February 17, 2008

Walking L.A. #10 - Leimert Park Village

These walks were supposed to be weekly, but we had to skip a few weeks due to rain and a Linux conference I attended. This short walk in Leimert Park was attended only by me, my wife, and my son despite our attempt to appeal to more of our friends by moving the start time from 9AM to 11AM.

We drove to the start point which was right at 43rd St. and Degnan Blvd, the intersection used as an album title by Black Note in the 90's.

I used my TomTom GPS to guide me to the start point, and I was pleasantly surprised that there was a much faster route than the one I was used to. Instead of taking the 10 East to Crenshaw Blvd, I simply could take Slauson Blvd east to Angeles Vista Blvd which cuts right through Windsor Hills to Leimert Park. It is only 6.6 miles from my house.

This walk was incredibly short - less that 1/2 mile. Unlike other walks in the book so far, I did not really discover anything new this time. I have been to Leimert Park many times. I used to go to 5th Street Dick's and the World Stage a lot when I was in college to see jazz groups and to attend a few jam sessions.

We ended our walk with a nice jazz brunch at Papa West. I had catfish, eggs, and potatoes with Louisiana hot sauce - yum! After the walk, we went to 3 or 4 open houses in the View Park neighborhood. Most of these homes were big and had panoramic views of downtown LA to the Westside. It was a really nice neighborhood that I had never explored before.

The next walk is NoHo Arts District.

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