Found LA


On Sunday, October 19, 2014, the non-profit L.A. Commons ( will host its 4th annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods, and its first based on a mayoral theme, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Program. Angelenos will explore the main arteries of neighborhoods around the city, developed and not so, and meet the people in the center of activity there.

“Los Angeles is a city filled with neighborhoods built around Great Streets that have vibrant activity and identity,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I invite you to join LA Commons for this year’s series of tours that focus on the cultural assets in our communities.”

Found L.A. is a FREE, 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.

Connecting Angelenos to the people and places that make up the city is central to LA Commons’ mission and this annual day of tours is a keystone event in raising the awareness of L.A. Commons’ goals.

Los Angeles culture seekers will be able to explore historic boulevards, sample delicious foods in unknown corridors, and hear little known stories, among many other adventures in communities all around the city. This October 19th, explore the celebrated Central Avenue, sample tacos along iconic Cesar Chavez, stroll the backyard of vibrant Cal State Northridge along Reseda Boulevard, and get to know Gaffey Street, the historic gateway to L.A.’s Harbor.

A full list of Found LA tours and RSVP sign ups is coming soon!

Check out a map of previous tours:


Last year, with the event theme of the L.A. River, participants visited a traditional Japanese garden, heard from artists who created the Great Wall of Los Angeles, learned about the Arroyo Seco, and explored Compton Creek and its surroundings. Past installments of Found L.A. have included a walk down Central Avenue with former Councilwoman Jan Perry, a visit to the L.A. River via Atwater with now-Mayor Eric Garcetti, and a presentation by Compton’s new Mayor Aja Brown on her urban planning goals.

All tours are open and FREE to the public; people may sign up for multiple tours. For information on how to sign up offer a tour, please contact Karen Mack at LA Commons: To get more information on signing up for tours, please “Like” the LA Commons Facebook page or visit the website

This program is made possible by funding from The California Endowment and the California Arts Council, a state agency, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


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.

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