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.