June 23, 2005
We Take a Downtown Walking
Tour and Visit the Central Library
Walking Tour Group  
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.

Here are some MC101s on Second and Broadway. The Disney Concert Hall is in the background.

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

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

  Bridal District

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.

After lunch at the Grand Central Market (always a treat), we walked up Bunker Hill (Angels Flight is still out of order) and briefly visited the Watercourt. This performing arts space will be the site of our next field trip.
Pershing Square

Our last stop before the library was Pershing Square, where a band was playing some old school rock tunes and an edgy-looking guy danced next to the stage. We couldn't figure out if he was part of the act or not.
Central Library  

On to the library...

The Los Angeles Central Library challenges a lot of assumptions we hold about public libraries. One of those assumptions is that they are entirely indoor facilities. Part of the joy of the Central Library is its stylish MacGuire Garden. 


Here is a marker that tells passers-by a bit more about the library and its history.
Bradley Wing Skylight  
In the 1990s, a post-modern wing was added to the Library. It is vast and light. Looking up through the skylight, you can see the tall buildings--old and new--that surround the library. This part of the library is named for former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.
In addition, this new wing of the L.A. Public Library is a repository of public art. In any event, this library is much more than simply a big building full of books.

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.