March 10, 2006 
We Take a Downtown Walking
Tour and Visit the Central Library
  Group in Front of City Hall
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. We are standing in front of Los Angeles City Hall.

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

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

Wed
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.

NOTE: For those of you who are sensitive about such things, this is not a real wedding, OK?
Unwed
They do divorces too.
 Pershing Square
After lunch at the Grand Central Market (always a treat), we visited Pershing Square. That is the Biltmore Hotel in the background.
Central Library Garden  
On to the 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. 


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. 
In addition, this new wing of the L.A. Public Library is a place for public art.

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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