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CultureSponges love Los Angeles: The Lowdown on Downtown

Bus Adventures into the secret heart of Los Angeles Esotouric Notes:



This is a tour about the populated, vibrant mid-20th Century Downtown Los Angeles you've only heard about, and about the 21st Century Downtown that can rise again with a richness of heritage and quality of life leaving natives and visitors gaping in disbelief. This is a tour about Downtown's invisible neighborhoods and great public spaces which managed to escape the wrecking ball.

This is a tour about how gentrification sprung up on the city's meanest streets, with all the conflicts that go along with a major socio-economic shift in a small community, and about how the free speech concerns of Occupy LA protesters came into synch with those of homeless rights activists in a challenging moment for LAPD and the arts community. This is a tour about the real and evolving Los Angeles, the city even natives don't know. Get on the bus for the real Lowdown on Downtown, as no one but Esotouric's Richard Schave can reveal it.

Our tour begins in the corporate public spaces of Bunker Hill and Pershing Square, each the result of deliberate social engineering (the razing of old Bunker Hill which displaced 9,000 residents; the elimination of positive public space in Pershing Square to thwart public address and gatherings). We segue to the underappreciated yet extremely successful public spaces of the Historic Core and then to the emerging live/work community of The Old Bank District, where developer Tom Gilmore’s gentrification and the popular monthly Art Walk are bringing life to spaces which have been dead for decades. The tour concludes with a visit to an underground arts space.

We walk more on this tour than any other, but if it's pouring rain the tour will be altered so we can stay comfortably on the bus, with just quick hops off. Bring an umbrella and coat in case of rain for our short walks off the bus, and a hat in case of heat.

There are no paper tickets: your name will be on a list at the bus door. Check in is at 11:30am for a 12pm sharp departure .

Tickets can be ordered online until the morning of the tour. For last minute bookings, please feel free to call[masked] after 8am on tour day, and if there are seats available, you can reserve a spot and pay with cash at the bus.

Food and drink are permitted and suggested; no audio or video-taping without permission. We regret that there are no refunds for passengers who miss the bus.

Parking / Breakfast suggestions

There is ample free street parking around The Daily Dose.

The Daily Dose is a great place for breakfast, but we recommend that you arrive about a half an hour before check in, so that neither you nor the cafe is rushed.

Esotouric Price: $58.00 PAY THEM HERE: http://esotouric.com/lowdowntown-2-16-13

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