Wilshire Boulevard became a river of cyclists on Sunday as the city celebrated the closing off of what might be considered the city’s only “main street”, stretching from the ocean to a dead end in downtown LA. While on Sunday people were more likely to be navigating their way through the packed flow of people on wheels, on a normal day many of us fly/bounce along Wilshire in our cars past familiar buildings and sites with nary a thought for their part in the history of our city.
Kevin Roderick, Editor of LA Observed and co-author of Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles brings Wilshire into focus in a new way for many of us who take it for granted. Roderick wrote the CicLAvia signage along Wilshire for Sunday’s ride that pointed out some of the more interesting historic sites. In case you missed the ride (or the signs) LA Observed put the tour together online as a brief photo essay. It is well worth a quick read and just may provide you with new information and a greater appreciation for the iconic Wilshire Boulevard that we all use daily.
Do check out Roderick’s book via the link to Chevalier’s Books online above…it makes for a great gift for anyone from our area (and you’ll be supporting our local independent bookstore) .
LA Observed: An Opinionated Guide to CicLAvia Sites on Wilshire