Monday, May 12, 2008

Walking to Work

One of the things I love the most about living downtown is being able to walk to work. My office is in "City West," which is real estate speak for west of the Harbor Freeway (you think they'd come up with a catchier name like WeHa). It's just a mile from our loft on 6th and Spring and I can't believe how much better I feel now that I'm walking two miles a day. It's not just the exercise (though I'm already noticing my clothes are looser). It's being outside and seeing other people, hearing their conversations, soaking up their energy.

When I was driving to work, I never really got a chance to transition from home-brain to work-brain. I'd piss around at my computer for an hour or more before getting anything done. And at night, I didn't have a chance to clear my head of work crap before getting home and dealing with the baby. But now the walk gives me that little bit of space to be alone with my thoughts, so when I get to work I'm ready to actually work, and when I get home I can enjoy the baby without feeling cranky and exhausted.

Here are some shots from my walk home last night (it was drizzly, so the shots are a little dark).

A hotel at the corner of 6th and Figueroa. I don't know the name.

Standard Hotel, 6th and Flower

6th and Hope

Niehule, a new salon on 6th and Hope. I probably won't be able to afford it.

Pershing Square in the rain

Across from Pershing Square, in the jewelry district

The back of the Los Angeles Theater, 6th and Broadway

Los Angeles Theater, 6th and Broadway

Looking south on Broadway. Note the Eastern in the background, where John Stamos just bought a loft.

KRKD Tower, as seen from Broadway

Hotel Hayward, an SRO on 6th and Spring


meekorouse said...

cool photos. I love finding things to shoot on my walks. If you can manage the hills, pretty much anywhere downtown is walkable.

I'm still catching up on your posts but welcome nieghbor just the same. =)

Li said...

Thanks neighbor!