Magazine article Sunset

FROGTOWN: Blue Herons, Bikes, and Boho Art Flourish in a Once-Neglected Waterway Neighborhood

Magazine article Sunset

FROGTOWN: Blue Herons, Bikes, and Boho Art Flourish in a Once-Neglected Waterway Neighborhood

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PERFECT DAY

When you think of L.A., one of the last things that comes to mind is nature. But in Frogtown, the Los Angeles River thrives anew as a result of revitalization efforts. The mixed industrial and residential pocket around it is showing signs of dramatic change too. Warehouses tucked between Riverside Drive and the concrete-bound waterway are transitioning to artists' studios, galleries, homes, and restaurants, as well as a music venue import from Brooklyn. Throughout the area, cyclists abound, taking advantage of the bike path that follows the current. So ditch the car and pedal your way through L.A.'s favorite up-and-coming hood.

9 A.M. Start by fueling up with locally roasted Trystero Coffee alongside hemp- and date-laced granola at Spoke Bicycle Cafe (spokebicyclecafe.com). Repurposed shipping containers shelter the extensive patio from the bike path; it makes for a good first stop to download riding intel from fellow cafe customers.

10 A.M. After renting a cruiser at Spoke, enter the L.A. River Bikepath (lamoun iains.com). When you need a little shade and rest, visit the Rattlesnake, Lewis MacAdams Riverfront, and Egret pocket parks along the 2-plus-mile-long section of the west bank. If you've got some extra time, explore the Bowtie Project (clockshop.org) site-specific and environmental installations in Glassell Park to the northeast, as well as the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens (lamountains.com) to the southeast.

1 P.M. In a town known for celebrity culture, Wax Paper (waxpaperco. …

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