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Day 23: Central Library – Los Angeles, CA

Today’s journey is 2,776 miles —from the largest city (New York) to the second largest city, Los Angeles, California. Again, Los Angeles is not one of the cities normally associated with walkability, and I think that’s unfair.

This photo is of the Los Angeles Central Library in Downtown. As demonstrated in this photo, it’s quite a beautiful building (this looks much better as the full screen version). Some colleagues asked me if I would take a photo of this building shortly before heading in for dinner at McCormick and Schmick’s. I think it turned out well. I was actually on crutches at the time I shot this photo, but thankfully there were several escalators to help me get up the steep hills downtown. I’m actually standing next to the US Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi and famously blown up by aliens in Independence Day.

There are many fantastic things happening in Downtown LA, and I will share them with you… on another day in a longer article. Until then, you’ll just have to trust me that LA has one of the best public transit systems in the country AND has many great things to walk to. Just be prepared to walk farther than you would in most cities.

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

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