Pine & Promenade
The walk in the Downtown core touches a number of neighborhoods while going through the entertainment district of Long Beach, to experience art and architecture as well as great food & beer.
Distance: 2.4 Miles | Difficulty: ●○○○○
Depart from the new GEORGE DUEKEJIAN LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTHOUSE eastbound on Broadway past the ❶ LONG BEACH CIVIC CENTER COMPLEX. The embodiment of International Style Architecture, the complex has fittingly starred in science fiction favorites such as Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica & Power Rangers. Next is PINE AVENUE, the culinary center of Long Beach including local favorites La Opera, George’s Greek Cafe & some upstart restaurants with Latin American flavors. After heading south to Ocean Boulevard, turn left to ❷ THE PROMENADE; this lushly landscaped pedestrian street is flanked by several parks including HARVEY MILK PARK at the terminus. It also has a comprehensive public art program crowned by a WPA era mural, ❸ LONG BEACH RECREATION by artists Henry Nord, Albert King, and Stanton Macdonald-Wright. Sample the microbrew offerings along these three blocks, including Congregation Alehouse & Beachwood BBQ. Continue north on Pine into the historic Downtown retail district past a half-dozen former department stores including WALKER, NEWBERRY and KRESS, of which have been repurposed as high-end lofts.
Upon reaching 7th Street, make a short loop around Locust Avenue to explore the ❹ NORTH PINE NEIGHBORHOOD including the Temple Lofts, Renaissance Performing Arts High School and International School, designed by famed architect Thom Mayne. Heading back south along Pacific Avenue & Cedar Avenue will pass an evolution of apartment architecture, spanning the 20th Century. At the corner of 3rd Street & Cedar Avenue are some of the city’s most significant structures with the ❺ FIRST CONGREGATION CHURCH, WILLMORE, and CALIFORNIAN. Complete this loop, walking west on 3rd Street until reaching Magnolia Avenue.
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