Overlooked LB: Walking to work in Long Beach

This morning I walked to work, an act that some might consider a chore, a bore, or even a privilege to have a walkable commute in this car-dependent culture. It took much longer than I expected, and at certain points when there wasn’t much to admire except the cracks in the sidewalk, was a test of what little patience I have left as a millennial.

But walking is also a joy. It slows you down so you can hear your own thoughts, and, best of all, creates chance opportunities to meet new people or run into community members you already know. Walking to work, I noticed, made me feel more a part of my neighborhood than my usual bike ride through town when the only details I have time to observe are the license plates of cars parked in the bike lane (you’ve been warned).

Anyway, the point of this post is not necessarily about my experience, but a chance to encourage you to go out and take photos of the areas you frequent, whether it’s your walk to work, bike ride to the grocery store, your turn to take the dog out, a quick stroll on your lunch break, your jog around the park or a planned photography excursion.

We’d love to feature what you capture right here on the Hi-lo.

It’s one way for us to get to know you, a reader and supporter, a little better, and to show our audience a side of Long Beach few get to witness. It’s a chance to get creative, show off your photography skills, and to highlight the highs and lows, the overlooked details, the people, that Long Beach’s varied streets and neighborhoods have to offer the curious observer.

To submit, email [email protected] 5 – 10 photos with captions, your name and general location, a 100 – 200 word description of your walk/ride/adventure through town and any social media platforms you’d like mentioned.

An apartment building on 3rd Street. Wednesday, July 10. Photo by Asia Morris.

This is Edward sitting outside of the Los Alamitos Branch library on 3rd Street around 9 a.m. He said someone stole his phone so he was waiting for a phone store to open. He asked if he’d seen me, a student, walking along the bluff about a year ago, I said I haven’t been a student for a long time, to which he responded with a wave of his hand, “All white people look the same.” We both laughed, he gave some suggestions on where to take photos and wished me good luck on my walk to work. Wednesday, July 10. Photo by Asia Morris.

Wednesday, July 10. Photo by Asia Morris.

Wednesday, July 10. Photo by Asia Morris.

Wednesday, July 10. Photo by Asia Morris.

The City Center Motel on Atlantic Avenue and 3rd Street. Wednesday, July 10. Photo by Asia Morris.

Hops & Vines owner Roger Maida stands with his dog, Rasta. Wednesday, July 10. Photo by Asia Morris.

Two workers waving on the roof of an apartment complex on 3rd Street in Downtown Long Beach. Wednesday, July 10. Photo by Asia Morris.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.