Found LA

5th Annual Found L.A. ‘Festival of Neighborhoods’ FREE Tours, October 17 & 18

L.A. Commons hosts its 5th annual Found L.A.: Festival of Neighborhoods. Following past years’ themes of LA River, and the Mayor’s ‘Great Streets’, this year’s theme is driven by the idea of mapping one’s own Los Angeles, inspired by the new Heyday release LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas, which brings 19 diverse local writers together with a cartographer to explore aspects of the city’s geography, history, and culture. A selection of the book’s local authors will lead some of the October 17-18 weekend’s tours, in addition to the other tour leaders who are local artists, residents, and enthusiasts of L.A. who are eager to show a part of L.A. with the L.A.-curious.

Just added is a tour to be led by new L.A. City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson (District 8, western South L.A.).

LAtitudes immediately caught my attention with each of these great local authors’ takes on their personal mapping of the vast area we call L.A.,” states Karen Mack, Executive Director of L.A. Commons.  “Connecting Angelenos to the people and places that make up the city is central to LA Commons’ mission, and our annual Found L.A. tours embody that.  This year, we are thrilled to bring to life these authors’ writings as they lead tours, alongside many other terrific volunteer-lead neighborhood tours.”

Found L.A. is a FREE, annual citywide event that showcases culturally dynamic neighborhoods through the eyes of residents, public figures and renowned artists, who generously volunteer to share their unique perspective and passion for their neighborhood.  Found L.A. is open to anyone who wants to organize a tour of their neighborhood, and anyone who wants to learn more about the vast expanse that is Los Angeles.

 

2015 Found LA tours and RSVP sign ups are available now, with new tours on their way!

Check out a map of the tours:

As part of Found L.A., culture seekers explore historic boulevards, sample delicious foods in unknown corridors, and hear little known stories, among many other adventures in communities all around the city. During the weekend of October 17-18, tourgoers will have the opportunity, through the LAtitudes authors, to get a new perspective on the history of cattle ranching in L.A. with Teddy Varno, walk the Dobbins Cycleway with Dan Koeppel, and uncover a different lens on the trajectory of L.A.’s gay community with Sylvia Sukop.

All tours are open and FREE to the public; people may sign up for multiple tours.

Want to Lead A Tour? Sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BRKQBFX

For more information, contact Karen Mack at LA Commons: Karen@lacommons.org, “Like” the LA Commons Facebook page or visit the website http://www.lacommons.org/programs/found-la/.

 

 

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.

2015 Found LA Tours

 

Mapping the Soul of South Los Angeles
Saturday, October 17th
9:00am – 11:00am
First African Methodist Episcopal Church
2270 S Harvard Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018

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PHOTO WALK: A Meander through DTLA Arts District with @DowntownMuse
Saturday, October 17th
9:00am – 11:00am
Eat.Drink.Americano
923 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Mapping the Visual & Spatial Landscape of Latino LA
Saturday, October 17th
9:00am – 11:00am
Mariachi Plaza
1711 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Riding A Map of the River: Ballona Creek Trail
Saturday, October 17th
9:30am – 12:30pm
Veterans Memorial Building
4177 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230

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The Bovid Metropolis: Seeing LA’s Rancho Past
Saturday, October 17th
10:00am – 11:00am
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
6300 Hetzler Road
Culver City, CA 90232

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Studio City: The Town That Stars Built
Saturday, October 17th
10:00am – 12:00pm
Art Directors Guild
11969 Ventura Place
Studio City, CA 91604

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Van Nuys: The Ugly, Ordinary & Unappreciated
Saturday, October 17th
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Wells Fargo Bank
6348 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91411

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Retracing the California Cycleway: Utopian Forensics
Sunday, October 18th
9:00am – 11:00am
Sycamore Grove Park Band Shell
4702 North Figueroa Street
Highland Park, CA 90042

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PHOTO WALK: A Meander through DTLA Arts District with @DowntownMuse
Sunday, October 18th
9:00am – 11:00am
Eat.Drink.Americano
923 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Hooray For Hollywood: Boulevard of the Stars
Sunday, October 18th
10:00am – 12:00pm
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

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A Day in West Adams I: Historic Angelus Rosedale Cemetery Walk
Sunday, October 18th
10:00am – 12:00pm
Rosedale Cemetery Chapel
1831 West Washington Blvd
Los Angeles , CA 90007

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Forest Lawn: LA’s Shining Necropolis
Sunday, October 18th
10:30am – 12:30pm
The Hall of Crucifixion & Museum
1712 South Glendale Avenue
Glendale, CA 91205

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A “Tree-Walk”: Skid Row to the Arts District
Sunday, October 18th
12:00pm – 2:00pm
The Yankee Apartments
501 East 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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A Day in West Adams II: Mansions & Monuments of West Adams Heights
Sunday, October 18th
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building
1999 West Adams Blvd
Los Angeles , CA 90018

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Revolution/Evolution: University Park
Sunday, October 18th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, a part of the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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