Found LA


On Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, 2015, L.A. Commons will host its 5th annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods. Following last year’s tie to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets program, this year’s theme is driven by the idea of mapping one’s own Los Angeles.  The weekend of tours is inspired by the new Heyday Books release LAtitudes, in which a diverse group of local authors present their own, sometimes quirky, map of Los Angeles, related to physical, societal and perceived boundaries and neighborhoods, which often foretell the city’s future..

A selection of the authors will lead some of the weekend’s tours, and will participate in an KPCC “Crawford Family Forum” event, on October 8, to preview the weekend and discuss the book.

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.


A list of 2015 Found LA tours and RSVP sign ups will be available soon!

Check out a map of previous 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 Sukkop.

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

Want to Lead A Tour? Sign up at

For more information, contact Karen Mack at LA Commons:, “Like” the LA Commons Facebook page or visit the website



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

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 2014 Tours

Historic North Figueroa Street
10:00am – 12:00pm
Future Studio
5558 N. Figueroa Street
Highland Park, CA 90042

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Northridge Village
10:00am – 11:00am
Joyce’s Cafe
8826 Reseda Blvd
Northridge, CA 91324

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Mar Vista’s “Great Street” Venice Boulevard
11:00am – 12:00pm
Vintage on Venice
12218 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90066

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Pueblo de Los Angeles
11:00am – 12:00pm
Las Angelitas del Pueblo office
125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Our Renaissance, Our River, Our Reseda!
11:00am – 1:30pm
Magnolia Science Academy
18238 Sherman Way
Reseda, CA 91335

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Pacoima’s “Mural Mile”
11:00 – 2:00pm
Myke’s Cafe
13171 Van Nuys Blvd.
Pacoima, CA 91331

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A Sunday Stroll Through Hyde Park
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Zion Hill Baptist Church
7860 10th Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90043

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The Gateway to the Harbor
1:00pm – 2:30pm
San Pedro Regional Branch Library
931 S. Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

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Historic Hollywood Blvd
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Hollywood/Highland Metro Station
6815 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

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Pico Blvd: Historic and Hip!
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Del Mar Theater
5036 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

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Jazz and Latin Rhythms along the Avenue
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Jazz Park
Intersection of E. 42nd Place & Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90011

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A Fresh Look at Western
4:00pm – 5:30pm
The Bun Shop
151 N. Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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Westwood Village
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Yamato Westwood
1099 Westwood Blvd
Westwood, CA 90024

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Angel City Brewery
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Angel City Brewery Public House
216 S. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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