Episode 104

Begin with a Big Parade in LA and boldly stride across America embracing the walking revolution.


Episode 104: You’ll Never Find a Rainbow if You’re Lookin’ Down

Episode 104 of City Walk begins with a Big Parade in Los Angeles and then boldly strides across America from Austin to Atlanta as communities everywhere embrace the walking revolution. There are over 300 staircases in the city of Los Angeles and a resilient group of City Walkers is determined to climb them all in an entertaining parade of people who tweet as they tread. Is it better to lose weight than take a walk? The answer might surprise you. Equally surprising is a fast and furious journey on The Gold Line, a public transportation adventure with breathtaking views of Los Angeles that can’t be seen through the windshield of a car.

Crossing a busy street can be as difficult today as it was a hundred years ago. Charlie Chaplin gives it a try with rollicking results. The trails and streets of Austin, Texas are not only the home of barbecue, beer and bats but also one of the most amazing music, film and interactive festival around, South By Southwest. It’s even better if your tour guide is Austin advertising wizard Roy Spence – the mind behind the groundbreaking ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ campaign. Meanwhile out in the suburbs of America we discover that placing work, schools and homes miles apart maybe wasn’t such a good idea.

Have you ever wondered if all four feet of a galloping horse leave the ground at the same time? A dozen cameras placed by photography pioneer Eadweard Muybridge not only capture the action but answer the question in an artful manner. Once upon a time, Atlanta was one of the least walkable cities in America, today it’s ahead of the curve with construction of the BeltLine, a 22-mile pedestrian friendly corridor circling downtown and eventually connecting 45 neighborhoods with each other. We explore this unique combination of rails, trails, green space and art through the joyful eyes of the happiest freight train conductor in Georgia.

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Big Parade

Walks of Life: The Big Parade

The Big Parade is a two-day walk in Los Angeles. It includes about 100 public stairways over 35 miles, from downtown to Mt. Hollywood. The walk runs on a timetable, and is designed as a series of attached loops, so that people can come and go as they please.
– join us for a mile, an hour, or an epic.
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American Dreams: The Suburbs

Author and developer Chris Leinberger from Brookings Institution in DC describes a massive trend reversal: The slumming of the suburbs, and the rejuvenation of downtown areas.

Side Effects: Better Fat and Fit Then Skinny and Unfit

Medical research shows that, in spite of common belief, being fat and fit is generally healthier than skinny and unfit. Walking is an ideal gauge for fitness. Featuring Steven N. Blair, PED from the University of South Carolina, and Robert E. Sallis, MD of Exercise is Medicine.

Can’t Drive Here: The Gold Line

The Gold Line is a light rail running from Pasadena to East Los Angeles via Downtown Los Angeles serving several attractions, including Little Tokyo, Union Station, the Southwest Museum, Chinatown, and the shops of Old Town Pasadena. The line, which is one of six in the Metro Rail system, entered service in 2003 and is operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Featuring Deborah Murphy and Mohja Rhoads of LA Walks.

Can’t Walk There: Venice, CA 1914

A Vanderbilt Junior Cup for boys and their homemade “pushmobiles”.  In only his second performance on film, the still-unknown Chaplin ambles out onto the track in his new, but surprisingly well-formed, “Little Tramp” costume: bowler hat, baggy pants, bamboo cane, small moustache. Stealing shots with a camera crew, he’s just a camera hog with an attitude, getting in the way, and wanting to be photographed.

Walk Score: Austin, TX

The trails and streets of Austin, Texas are not only the home of barbecue, beer and bats but the most amazing music, film and interactive festival in the known world. Especially if your tour guide is Austin advertising wizard Roy Spence – the mind behind the groundbreaking ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ campaign.

A Word from Muybridge

A look at how the first moving images were made by connecting a series of photographs.

Walk in the Park: Atlanta Beltline

Once upon a time, Atlanta was one of the least walkable cities in America where entire neighborhoods were developed without sidewalks and lots of sprawl and cul-de-sacs.  Today, the city is ahead of the curve with construction of the BeltLine, a 22-mile pedestrian-friendly corridor, circling downtown and eventually connecting 45 neighborhoods with each other.

Beltline