Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

There is nothing more amazing to me than a person who passionately works for a cause, even if takes a lifetime. Deborah Murphy is such a person. She advocates for all of us, pedestrians whether we like it or not. Her work, and the work of Los Angeles Walks, is to make walking a safer, more delightful activity in the city. 

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: LinYee Yuan
Published: 24 May 2012, Core77

It's a myth that nobody in Los Angeles walks. A lot of people do, but they're often overshadowed by the city's glamorous car-obsessed image. Over the years, Los Angeles is taking a step forward towards a walking revolution.

Already, the city is being inundated with several Measure R-funded transit projects that will extend a number of metro lines to connect diverse neighborhoods. Los Angeles is primed for change and wants to be unshackled from its automotive chains.

In recent news, Los Angeles is hiring two pedestrian coordinators to help the Department of Transportation to develop a pedestrian masterplan in the city. That's an amazing feat for a city that's always prioritized its cars more than its people.

Alongside this piece of news comes the resurgence of Los Angeles's first-ever citywide pedestrian advocacy group Los Angeles Walks founded by urban designer Deborah Murphy in 1998. Murphy, along with Alexis Lantz, Jessica Meaney, Alissa Walker, Colleen Corcoran and Michelle Craven, revived the group under the umbrella of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition in support of walking in Los Angeles. Core77 talks with Murphy to ask how much would it take to design a walkable city. Apparently, a lot. [read more]


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