Explore A Century of L.A. Secrets on Esotouric's Lowdown on Downtown Bus Tour
WHAT: Esotouric presents "The Lowdown on Downtown: The Secret History of Los Angeles" urban history bus tour, from the Reyner Banham Loves LA series
WHEN: Saturday March 7, 11am-3:00pm
COST: $58, includes snack
WHERE: Departs from Philippe the Original, 1001 N. Alameda Street
INFO: http://www.esotouric.com or call 323-223-2767
It seems like the whole world is interested in Downtown L.A.- the Germans have commissioned a neighborhood travel guide, overseas visitors fill the hotels, and folks from the Westside have even been spotted making the trek out to Art Walk. But many natives still have trouble understanding how Downtown LA works and how it got that way.
That's why Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company whose tours reveal the secret history of L.A. through crime, culture and literature, is offering THE LOWDOWN ON DOWNTOWN: THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOS ANGELES, a provocative tour in the "Reyner Banham Loves L.A." architecture and urbanism series. The tour exists to put the old ghosts and memories that cling to the historic core into context, and provide natives and visitors with the tools to understand this most fascinating neighborhood.
Esotouric is uniquely suited to explain Downtown. They were named purveyor of the Best Downtown Tours by the Downtown News, host the popular monthly Art Walk shuttles and are the creators of the On Bunker Hill and 1947project time travel blogs. Tour host Richard Schave's most recent TV appearance was as the Downtown expert on the History Channel's "Cities of the Underworld," guiding host Don Wildman through the prohibition-era tunnels beneath 5th and Los Angeles Streets.
ABOUT THE TOUR:
THE LOWDOWN ON DOWNTOWN is a guided social history of the mysterious, complex and rapidly evolving center of L.A., a thriving neighborhood that was intentionally depopulated in the 1950s and is currently experiencing an extraordinary rebirth. Everyone complains L.A. lacks a center- this tour explains why. Passengers will visit exquisite architectural gems, including some seldom seen by the general public, but they'll also enjoy a sophisticated analysis of the economic and social tools used to rebuild downtown, meet creative residents and explore unique destinations.
Featured locations include the intentionally depopulated Bunker Hill and its Angels Flight funicular railway, Grand Central Market, Pershing Square (with its tribute to novelist John Fante), the European-style dining alley St. Vincent's Court, the Mercantile Arcade Building (an exact replica of a London landmark), and guest host Terry Elsworth's insider's tour of the Arts District including Bloom's General Store and a reception in the underground club Bedlam (formerly Al's Bar).
ABOUT THE GUEST HOST:
Promoter TERRY ELSWORTH has been a seminal Arts District figure for decades, curating the underground Bedlam space, hosting exhibitions at Bloom's General Store and presenting original film programs.
So climb aboard THE LOWDOWN ON DOWNTOWN tour and explore one of America's most fascinating neighborhoods with the tour company Lonely Planet calls "hip, offbeat, insightful and entertaining."
Upcoming Esotouric bus tour schedule
Thurs Feb 12 - The Hippodrome & Hazard's Pavilion (Downtown Art Walk Shuttles, free)
Sat Feb 14- Valentine's Day edition of Blood & Dumplings crime bus tour
Sat Feb 21- Raymond Chandler's LA
Sat Feb 28 - Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' LA
Sat March 7 - The Lowdown on Downtown: The Secret History of LA
Thurs March 12 - The Hippodrome (Downtown Art Walk Shuttle, free)
Sat March 14 Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's LA
Sat March 21 Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice
Sat March 28 Pasadena Confidential
Sat April 4 - Wild Wild Westside
Sat April 11 - Raymond Chandler's Bay City
Sat April 18 - The Real Black Dahlia
Sat April 25 - Raymond Chandler's LA
For more info on Esotouric, please visit http://www.esotouric.com
For more on Reyner Banham, see
And the BBC documentary "Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles"