We're starting to really love L.A. but it's a mess. There's bumper-to-bumper traffic in a city built around the automobile and no one walks (despite the cultural obsession with fitness). Street life is confined to a few pedestrian oases.

If you're curious why this is the case, and how we can make this awkward, lovable city better, check out this program of weekend events from Livable Places, a non-profit that's tasked itself with improving L.A.'s housing, transportation and urban planning.

Sunday afternoon Gordon Price, one of the architects of Vancouver's downtown renaissance, leads an "EcoDensity Bike Tour". Fun.

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