March 7, 2008
We Take a Downtown Walking
Tour and Visit the Central Library
Bradbury Building
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.

Angels Flight
Angels Flight was the funicular railway that for decades linked the Downtown Core with Bunker Hill. The flight is currently closed while safety upgrades are being done. NOTE: this is one steep little railway.
Watercourt
With Angels Flight out of commission, we walked up the stairs to the postmodern Watercourt. In the summer, this is a venue for a lot of live entertainment.
Library Garden
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
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. 
The 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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