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Day 14: Downtown – La Jolla, CA

Downtown La Jolla, just north of San Diego, has many great shops and restaurants. It is situated along the Pacific Ocean, and has a long coastal trail with lots of parkland. This was another one of those places where it was hard to choose a photo.

This image probably would not have ranked this high on the list had it not been for the adorable kids that snuck into the photo. I always feel strange taking photos of random children because of all the paranoia associated with it today. In my line of work, it’s somewhat crucial to have photographs of children in walkable neighborhoods. So, I try and be clever about it. I also try to make sure I’m always in public space when I take photos. If I’m not, I make sure that it’s such a beautiful place that they can’t help but let me take photos.

A few days before I shot this, I was asked to delete some photos at the US Border Crossing in Tijuana, Mexico. I did not see the no photography signs and security came running after me. The Mexican guards had no problem with me taking photos, plus it was much nicer than the US side.

I think it goes without saying that La Jolla is worth a stop if you’re in the San Diego area. There aren’t many places along the coastline that aren’t worth a visit there. The downsides to La Jolla is that it does not seem to be as diverse as other California cities, and it’s really expensive.

This article is a part of the Exploring the Walkability of America in 30 Days photo series.

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