This past Wednesday, May 29, marked the second collaborative neighborhood gathering of cyclists and walkers in the Arts District. Resident Scot Ezzell and the now-decade-old Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk group plus Carrie Cheung of DTLA Rendezvous joined R.A.D.D. Bike Club members led by Melissa Richardson Banks of Downtown Muse, increasing the number last night to over 20 participants combined. Highlights of the walk included a impromptu talk by one of the designers of SCI-Arc’s Earthwave now on view in the triangle lot of Bloom Square; a sunset ride over the 6th Street Bridge; tasting mulberries from The Produce Project at Handsome Coffee; a curator talk by Ken Marchionno of TRACTIONARTS at his new video window gallery located at Traction Ave. and Avery St.; and an excellent social afterwards at Eat.Drink.Americano (923 E. 3rd St). Walkers meet weekly on Wednesdays near the former Bloom’s General Store in front of The Pie Hole (714 Traction Ave.), departing at 6:30 p.m. and returning around 8:00 p.m. Now through September, cyclists meet on Wednesdays at Eat.Drink.Americano and depart at 7:00 p.m., returning around 8:30 p.m. The post-event social starts around 8:30 p.m. and is open to all Arts District and Downtown residents. It currently takes place at Eat.Drink.Americano, but is subject to change – confirm weekly.
Residents of the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles … yep, you’re R.A.D.D.! Join us for easy bike rides, weekly walks, and after-work socials around the neighborhood. Meet your neighbors, enjoy the camaraderie, and visit local spots you may have never seen before.
LIKE BIKES? Join local cyclists and R.A.D.D. Bike Club members for occasional rides throughout the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles. During June through September, meet on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in front of Eat.Drink.Americano (923 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013). The ride will take about an hour or so, and return to the same spot. Wear a helmet and mount lights on your bike!
NO BIKE? Join us and WALK weekly with the Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk group, which started ten years ago and now led by our friend and neighbor Scot Ezzell since 2010. Walkers meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM outside of The Pie Hole (714 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013).
WALKERS & CYCLISTS: Meet together for the R.A.D.D. Social after walking or riding around 8:30 PM at Eat.Drink.Americano (923 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013) to chat and get to know each other. (NOTE: The post-ride/walk R.A.D.D. Social meeting location is subject to change weekly. Sign up for email notifications.)
If you live or work in the Arts District and/or have been following the news in the media, you’ve heard a few stories making the rounds: (1) our BID has been dissolved; (2) we’re one of the new “hottest” neighborhoods in Los Angeles; and, (3) unbeknownst to most of us, there evidently has been a curator behind the scenes who has been masterminding our community.
Okay, we can’t change all of the above, but we can change how we react to it – let’s get to know our neighbors! If you know me, you know I’m a fan of the POSITIVE. Join me for R.A.D.D. (Residents of the Arts District and Downtown), an informal gathering of residents designed to communicate and share what’s really happening here and what’s most of interest to those of us who actually LIVE in the Arts District. Let’s hang out and get to know each other in “real time.” Keep an eye out for our bike rides, weekly walks, and after-work socials, too.
Interested in meeting local residents? Walk or bicycle around the Arts District this Wednesday, May 22. I’m hosting an evening bike ride of the neighborhood at 7:00 PM (starting and ending at Eat.Drink.Americano – wear a helmet and mount lights on your bike) – I’d like to do this weekly. Don’t have a bike? Please join Scot Ezzell on this week’s Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk, which starts and ends at Traction & Hewitt. He and his regular group of walkers are invited to join us afterwards at Eat.Drink.Americano around 8:00 PM.
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Hope to see you there!