June 26, 2008 
We Take a Downtown Walking
Tour and Visit the Central Library
Bradbury Su08
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.

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.

This is one of the chapels.
Grand Central Market
Lunch was at the Grand Central Market, which was bustling as usual.
Bunker Hill Steps
With Angels Flight still out of order, we climbed the Bunker Hill steps.
Watercourt
Suddenly, at the top of Bunker Hill we had gone from the Historic Core portion of Downtown to the cool, postmodern Watercourt.
LAPL Group Su08
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. 
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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