If you haven’t seen it, KCET’s look at the history (with plenty of photographs) of Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade is pretty cool. Nathan Master’s who writes on Los Angeles history shares the story of how this went from a street, to a pedestrian mall during an urban renewal phase and more. The photographs from various stages of its history were my favorite part though.
Incidentally, my very first day in California included a lovely bike ride from Venice Beach north to Santa Monica. I’m a little sad I didn’t make it to the Third Street Promenade, but I did enjoy this view.