January 10, 2003
We Begin Our Day of Downtown Field
Trips by Touring the Los Angeles Times
Here we are at the beginning of our Los Angeles Times tour. We are just off the main lobby at First and Spring Streets. We are learning about the development of Los Angeles and the role that the Times played in it.

As always, Darrell Kunitomi (far right) is our very able tour guide.

But as grand as the Times is, there is only one way to start a full day of Downtown field trips: with breakfast at Phillippe's.

Phillippe's has long been a place where people go before and after Dodger games, as the photos behind Bryce Unemoto indicate.

After breakfast, a small group of us walk over to the Times. Our route takes us through Olvera Street and past City Hall. There's a TV news crew transmitting from this Hollywood Freeway overpass.
Across the street from City Hall we run into a street sign that pays tribute to Los Angeles' many sister cities around the globe.

In an inexplicable oversight, Glendale is not included.

At the Times, we begin our tour by looking at the local history display. Darrell, our tour guide, is a long-time Times employee and Los Angeles native who knows a lot about the paper and the city.

One thing is for sure about Los Angeles: property values are a lot higher than they were in the 1950s.

A fun part of the history display is this view of Spring Street, circa 1915. Jennifer Szasz puts herself into the scene.
The Times' Globe Lobby is quite ornate, befitting of a great metro daily. 
Meantime, the scene in the newsroom is not quite as awe-inspiring.
But the newsroom certainly has charms of its own.

On to tour walking tour of Downtown.