Found LA


Sunday, October 20, 2013, LA Commons hosts the third annual Found LA: Festival of Neighborhoods. This year’s theme, “The River of Your Imagination,” invites Angelinos to explore the range of ways they interact with the LA River. Los Angeles culture seekers will, among other things, be able to:

  • Visit a traditional Japanese Garden
  • Witness the LA River as it was 100 years ago
  • Hear the stories of the Great Wall of Los Angeles
  • Explore the amazing natural life of the Ballona Wetlands

For a full list of Found LA tours and sign ups, click here!

Check out a map of the tours:

Connecting Angelinos to the people and places that make up our city is central to LA Commons’ mission. Found LA is a free, citywide event, where neighbors share their neighborhoods, highlighting the best of the city—most of all in the generosity of its citizens. Past installments of Found LA have included a walk down Central Avenue with former Councilwoman Jan Perry and a visit to the LA River via Atwater with now Mayor Eric Garcetti.

LA Commons, a project of Community Partners, works in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles, facilitating artistic processes, open to all, that result in highly visible public art projects that tell dynamic neighborhood stories. LA Commons builds community by validating the importance of local narratives, enhancing the sense of belonging felt by a broad range of stakeholders and encouraging stronger ties between the people and places of Los Angeles.

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Councilman Eric Garcetti leading a tour through Atwater Village. "Revisit the Red Car" Mural, part of the Atwater Village tour. Atwater Village tour stops at WOOF Dog Boutique. Elson Trinidad leading a tour through East Hollywood. His tour made stops in in Thai Town, Little Armenia, Barnsdall Park, Healthcare Square, and Hel-Mel Bicycle District. Tour-goers on the corner of Hollywood & Western during their tour of East Hollywood.  The hot dog sitting atop the Thai Hot Dog Stand has since been removed. Site of the first electric pole in Los Angeles, erected in 1916, first stop on the Highland Park tour led by Timothy Sellers. Highland Theatre restored neon sign, part of the Historic Route 66 signage district in Highland Park. Mr.T's Bowl & Nightclub, a bowling alley turned nightclub, dating back to the 1940's. One stop on the Highland Park tour. Timothy Sellers, of the band Artichoke, performs for tour-goers during his tour of Highland Park. View inside Chuco's Justice Center, site of the Inglewood tour led by youth organizers Danae Tapia and David Chavez. Chuco's Justice Center, site of the tour for Inglewood led by youth organizers Danae Tapia and David Chavez. Inglewood tour-goers visiting the graffiti room in Chuco's Justice Center. Tour-goers on the Koreatown tour, led by freelance journalist and food blogger Namju Cho. Nak Won Korean restaurant, on Vermont Ave, one of the stops on the tour of Koreatown.

Photo credits: Julie Du Brow / dubroWORKS PR



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Elson Trinidad leading tour-goers through East Hollywood.

2013 Found LA Tours

 Sherman Oaks Village Gardens with Tom LaBonge
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
East side of the Fulton Ave. bridge at Valleyheart Dr.
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Great Wall of Los Angeles 
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Tujunga Greenbelt
Coldwater Canyon Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 91607
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Japanese Gardens
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
The Japanese Garden
6100 Woodley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 91406
This tour is sold out

Stonehurst Historic Preservation Overlay Zone
10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Stonehurst Park
9901 Dronfield Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 91352
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Chatsworth Historical Society
10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Chatsworth Homestead Acre
10385 Shadow Oak Drive
Los Angeles, CA 91311
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Amir’s Garden
11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Amir’s Garden, Griffith Park
Griffith Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
17017 Burbank Boulevard
Encino, CA 91316
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Atwater Parklets
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Atwater Village
(Meeting location TBD)
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Los Angeles Equestrian Center
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
480 W Riverside Dr
Burbank, CA 91506
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San Antonio Winery
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
737 Lamar St.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
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Compton Creek
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Compton Creek
408 W. Alondra Blvd. (Cliff Texas Style Burritos parking lot)
Compton, CA 90220
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Radford Art Walk
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Valleyheart Drive
Los Angeles, CA 91604
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Ballona Wetlands
3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Ballona Wetlands
Lincoln Blvd. at Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90094
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Judson Studios
3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
200 South Ave 66
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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LA County Bicycle Coalition Bike Path Tour
3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Riverside Dr. near Egret Park
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Hansen Dam
3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
12200 Osbourne St.
Los Angeles, CA 91342
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Golden Road Brewery
4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
5410 West San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90039
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