Over a year ago I told you about a Kickstarter I was participating in to raise money for LA’s first-ever pedestrian campaign through Los Angeles Walks, where I’ve been a steering committee member for several years. As part of that campaign we promised to create an annual “state of walking” report for the city to help keep tabs on how LA is improving for walkers. I’m excited to announce Footnotes, a new publication edited by me and designed by the lovely Colleen Corcoran.
Among the many awesome pieces I edited, I wanted to point out two features that I particularly enjoyed working on. One is an interview with Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne about his work to promote walking in LA, including his recent Boulevards series, and the many other ways he’s seeing LA change for the better when it comes to building new pedestrian infrastructure. The second feature, which was really a treat for me, was editing a timeline of LA pedestrian milestones with the awesome folks behind @LAHistory. This timeline, which goes all the way back to the founding of the city with the nine-mile walk of the Pobladores, includes several residents who became famous for walking as well as an entire sport popular here named “pedestrianism.” Who knew we had so many great walkers and walking events as part of LA’s history?
The publication is rounded out with stories, essays, drawings, infographics, and much more walking content from Rudy Espinoza, Randal Henry and Manal Aboelata-Henry, Andy Janicki, Daveed Kapoor, Yuval Bar-Zemer, Dylan Lathrop, Andy Martinez, Outpost, Mark Vallianatos, DJ Waldie, Valerie Watson, Brian Rea, and Rosten Woo.
We’ll slowly be publishing the content online (and translating many of the stories to Spanish as well), but you can get a copy by donating to Los Angeles Walks today!