Jan. 11, 2008
We Take a Downtown Walking
Tour and Visit the Central Library
Bradbury W08
With our tour to the Los Angeles Times done, many MC101s headed back to campus, or home. But some stayed for the Downtown Los Angeles historic walking tour and our afternoon field trip to the Los Angeles Central Library.

One of the treasures of Downtown's Historic Core is the 1893 Bradbury Building

These MC101s are on the stairway above the building's famous lobby, which was used extensively in the film Blade Runner.

Wed W08
One of the little-known joys of Downtown is the Bridal District, where, among other things, you can get married at an always-available wedding chapel. Wedding packages start at around $200.

These MC101s stand in front of one of the chapels.
Broadway Scene W08
Broadway is the center of Downtown's Historic Core. Unlike most of Los Angeles, a lot of people are out on the sidewalks here. These MC101s pose with two members of the bicycle security force.
GCM Lunch W08
Lunch was at the Grand Central Market, which has been downtown since 1917. These MC101s seem to enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the place.
Pershing Ice Rink W08
Every winter, Pershing Square features outdoor ice skating in Los Angeles.
  Library Group W08
On to the Los Angeles Central Library...

These MC101s are in the garden area near the west entrance to the library.

The MC101s were given an assignment to turn in at the end of the field trip.

Library Sign W08
The Central Library has been named for former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.
Library Note Taking W08
These MC101s are working on their field trip assignment.
Library Sign
Here is a marker that tells passers-by a bit more about the library and its history.
Bradley Wing Skylight
The post-modern Bradley Wing of the Library is vast and light. Looking up through the skylight, you can see the tall buildings--old and new--that surround the library. 
These MC101s worked on a field trip assignment which asked, among other things, how major libraries should position themselves in the digital age.

Eventually, the MC101s completed their assignments and took cars, buses and even the city's fledgling subway system back to their home neighborhoods.

Take me back to the beginning of the day.

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