The L.A Times has a front page story(9-16-04) on a guy who has a passion for walking the streets of L.A. He's an "urban adventurer" with a lot of time on his hands. His website http://www.walkinginla.com/ is great for those of us who love L.A. and those that may want to lurk at the lifeless city streets. Make sure to browse the 2002 & 2003 archives.
His website introduction
"This is my contribution to all the useless information on the Internet — some maps and photographic byproducts of my obsession with experiencing the greater Los Angeles area up close and personal. "
The L.A. Times story,He Has His Walking Points, is pretty good,
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In addition check out the very interesting Art Deco story:
Miracle Mile Was a Stretch of the Imagination
Not many thought A.W. Ross could turn farmland into a premier shopping and business center. But he did.