Episode 102: Every City is a Living Body
Episode 102 of City Walk journeys from Boston to Los Angeles, as communities all across America continue their revolutionary transformation from the streets back to the sidewalks. We meet the work of legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted whose visionary 19th century genius continues to reshape the city of Boston (and virtually every urban park in the US). We take a closer look at something many of us take for granted, our own two feet. Turns out, we are engineered to walk.The Pasadena Humane Society’s annual Wiggle Waggle Walk introduces us to Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and a pack of friendly pooches. And on the sidewalks of San Francisco pedestrians have learned how to beat the traffic and travel in style on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit System). Regina M. Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States hosts a humorous look at modern conveniences and their surprising consequences. And finally, during CICLAVIA hundreds of thousands of people shut down the streets of Los Angeles in a colorful 15-mile ride from Downtown to Venice Beach to celebrate LA’s day without cars.
Walk in the Park: Boston
Explore the parks of Boston’s Emerald Necklace, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Inspired by the cities of Europe, his designs brought nature into the city, providing a respite from the life of the Industrial Revolution right within the heart of the city. In recent years as more and more freeways cut through the city causing congestion and a lack of walkability, The Greenway was created.
American Dreams: Modern Innovations
While many innovations have made our lives easier, they pose the negative side effect of making us more sedentary. Discover how modern conveniences have given way to less movement in our everyday lives.
Side Effects: The Foot
Discover the amazing design of our feet and the anatomy of a single footstep. The foot is designed to move very freely – mobile and rigid all in one stride.
Walks of Life: Pasadena Humane Society Wiggle Waggle Walk
As a dog owner, taking your dog for a walk not only provides great physical activity, but also helps you bond with your dog.
Can’t Drive Here: BART
With 44 stations, BART connects 374,000 riders each weekday throughout the bay area. By starting your trip with a walk, and ending it with a walk, you are doing yourself and the environment some good.
Walk Score: Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.
For the past 100 years, Dupont Circle has been D.C.’s social hub. Come explore the architecture, history and attractions that make it such an enjoyable and entertaining place to take a walk around.
Walks of Life: Ciclavia
Inspired by a Ciclovia in Bogota, Columbia, Ciclavia shuts down the streets of Los Angeles for a day of biking. Walkers are also welcome to walk the route that is normally congested with cars. Get a glimpse of what the streets of the city would be like without cars, and how much more walkable Los Angeles has the potential to be.