June 21, 2002
We Tour Downtown; Then on to
the Los Angeles Central Library
Several years ago I added a Downtown Los Angeles walking tour to the L.A. Times field trip as just a fun little extra.

It's become quite popular; more and more MC101s turn out for it. Today was no exception.

We're on Second Street. The new Disney Concert Hall (still under construction as of this writing) is the building in the background.


One of our first stops on our Downtown walking tour is the Victor Clothing Company. The clothing store on the ground floor of this building is now closed, unfortunately, which kept us from seeing the murals inside. But the 70-foot-tall outdoor mural of Anthony Quinn as Zorba the Greek was a show-stopper.
What would a Downtown walking tour be without a stop at the Bridal District? Around here, the same storefront business will marry you, divorce you, and do your taxes.
We decided to reenact two of these three important services.

Students always like going into the lobby of the venerable 1893 Bradbury Building at Third and Broadway. If you've seen Blade Runner, you've seen the Bradbury.
The Grand Central Market (feeding Los Angeles since 1917) is a favorite of mine. We went through during the lunch hour. It was controlled chaos.
With Angels' Flight still out of order, we walked up Bunker Hill and took a look at the post-modern Water Court. During the summer, there is free, live entertainment here.

On to the Los Angeles Central Library.