#WalkTheWalk is a project focused on experiencing the diverse neighborhoods and cultures that make up the City of Los Angeles. Through in-person walking tours, we engage directly with community partners, artists, and policy makers as we, quite literally, walk the streets of Los Angeles. The goal of this project is two-fold: to build awareness about key issues different communities in the city face, and to highlight the ways they have responded to them. The Hub is also actively exploring opportunities to contribute to specific causes within these communities, based on the needs identified during our scheduled Walks and our engagement of local stakeholders.
Our first event took place in October in Pacoima, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the northern San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. We chose Pacoima for its innovative efforts in supporting public art installations, including the celebrated Mural Mile, as well as environmentally-oriented initiatives, including improved transit infrastructure. Van Nuys Boulevard – a key street that traverses Pacoima - was one of the 16 corridors chosen as part of the inaugural Great Streets Initiative led by the Los Angeles Mayor’s office.