About

Walk Eagle Rock is a personal blog I started in the summer of 2010 to share my experiences and observations from walking and cycling around Eagle Rock.

In doing all local travel around the neighborhood by foot or bicycle I have realized I frequently have great and unexpected experiences that could never occur if I were driving. By spending a lot of time in the community I have also found myself able to appreciate aspects I would not notice if traveling by car. The subtle elements I’ve come to appreciate in the neighborhood – building architecture, hidden streets, the heart-warming timelessness I feel walking down Yosemite Drive on a sunny day – have led me to also explore parts of town I do not pass by on a regular basis simply to experience or rediscover more of the community I love so much.

Since starting Walk Eagle Rock, I have become increasingly interested in issues of land-use and street design. On this blog I express views on these topics as a resident who primarily walks for transportation. I try to demonstrate that making our community’s streets less car-centric can mean making them safer, more enjoyable, more accessible, and ultimately more equitable.

I welcome feedback, anyone interested in sharing thoughts can leave a comment or contact me directly via email.

- Walk Eagle Rock

Contact: walkeaglerock@gmail.com

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(Thank you to Waltarrrrr of the wonderful Highland Park blog for inspiring me to pick up blogging.)

13 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you Roland, positive feedback like this is really what I need to stay motivated. Maybe I just haven’t gotten the skin for it yet but it can get lonely on this site when there is absolutely no response of any kind. There will be a new post later today/early tomorrow which I hope you’ll enjoy.

    • Yeah of course. I really enjoy reading these, I already subscribed! you’re an awesome writer, and this is a good place to start writing about your opinions and such. Don’t worry about feeling limited to this topic though. Part of me wants to see what else is going on in your head rather than you focusing on Eagle Rock alone, because I know you have a lot of amazing things to write about, and I would like to see you eventually write about your unique thoughts on anything and everything.

  2. My parents brought me home to Redwood Dr just over the line into Pasadena; off La Loma. Very few houses in 1940 lots of poison oak though. The whole hillw as called Poppy Hill. Even in the 40′s the poppies blazed away in the spring.

    My gparents lived on Cedar edge. My gfather was a painting contractor and fine arts painter. Member of the Eagle Rock Art Colony in the 20′s. My stepfather’s house was across the street on the part of Cedar edge that The Abomination took. Just up that canyon an elderly woman referred to as Auntie Bert lived in a very old house with ranch out buildings. I heard it was homestead land. We all bought eggs and chickens from her during the War. My gma worked at the Economart on Colorado and Townsend. All the men had been drafted so they had to hire women or close. “Respectable”, read upper middle class women, could take jobs that were for the “War Effort”

    My gparents had a wonderful house on La Roda just below Hill. My mother was an Annadale CC deb just before the last Depression took her family down.

    I used to take the 5 Car from the end of the line in Hawthorne to Colorado and ER Blvd to visit when I was about 11 after we moved to PV. Safe as houses in those days.

    Eagle Rock in the 40′s and early 50′s were wonderful for a kid. Bireley’s orange drink, Bum’s Root Beer a library card for the old Spanish Colonial library. Grogan’s Drug Store with my gfather’s huge mountain landscape hung on the wall behind the soda fountain. I could stream of consciousness this stuff for hours.

    • M. Woodill

      Thanks for your great comment, by all means, do continue your stream of consciousness!

      I would love to see any old ER pics you have and hear more tales. Maybe you would like to do a guest post? I hope you don’t feel bombarded…

  3. I just found this by way of the Oxy newsletter. I visit my daughter periodically and I walk everywhere I go. I never knew much about L.A., so it’s fascinating to hear about the history of these neighborhoods. I just wish someone had paid more attention to walking/biking long ago when they were laying out the transportation grid. So car-addicted. There’s a place in the Netherlands that did it right: Almere. It was planned from scratch just over 30 years ago around transportation, and the ped/bike paths are completely divorced from the car and bus routes, making for a lovely peaceful and safe walking experience. You can walk or bike anywhere and never see a car. You should include other observations from your walking, like stores and restaurants, since those are what make walking cool. Also nicely landscaped yards and interesting plants blooming.

    • Thanks for the comment, Donna. I like reading about cities and towns that did the ‘from scratch’ to accommodate bikes/peds better. I read about it once btu since forgot the details but some town in South Carolina I think is going to have a car-free centre. Don’t quote me on that though. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope it can hold some interest to you.

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