This Saturday see and learn how the CRA of Los Angeles has changed our City

Jul 08, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Now in its 35th year of existence, we’re finally formally celebrating the CRA’s dedication, contribution, and role in the redevelopment of the Central Business District Redevelopment Project Area, (CBD), in downtown Los Angeles.

Therefore, the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) is hosting free tours on this Saturday, July 10th.

Usually I feature these events in Travelin’ Local’s Free Friday column, but because you need to call ahead for reservations for the CRA’s events, I wanted to give you a heads up.

To help with interested citizens to understand the depth and complexity of the CRA/LA’s accomplishments there will be a series of tours, exhibitions, and events offered by the CRA/LA, and other downtown organizations, tour operators, cultural institutions, and event participants will share how the CRA/LA has transformed downtown Los Angeles.

The CRA/LA’s mission is "to make strategic investments to create economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in our neighborhoods.”

To help see and learn about many of CRA/LA’s projects, redevelopment areas, success stories, and swaths of downtown that they’ve literally changed, here’s their list of tours and exhibits:

Downtown Center Business Improvement District Housing Bus Tour:

On this extensive, four-hour bus tour, which begins at 9:00am-1:00pm, participants will visit a sampling of six or seven residencies – both for sale and for lease – among 75 existing residential properties, and many more under construction.  It’s free but click the link above to register.

CRA/LA Art Program Walking Tours – South Park, Historic Core, and the Financial Core:

Streets, parks and public buildings in the CRA/LA’s, Central Business District redevelopment project area, contain a wide variety of artworks paid for by developers’ percent-for-art contributions. Join CRA/LA staff, interns, and a conservation associate for a one hour docent tour.

South Park: Begins at 10:00am and meets at the FIDM entrance, 919 Grand Avenue, at the winged figure by Gwynn Murrill (near the corner of 9th and Grand Ave).

The Historic Core: Begins at 11:30am and 2:00pm, and will meet at Biddy Mason Park, located at the center of the Paseo between Broadway and Spring Street, at Broadway’s Spring Center.

The Financial Core’s CRA/LA commissioned public art: Begins at 11:30am and 2:00pm and will meet at the Fine Arts Building – 811 W. 7th Street (7th St. east of Figueroa).

These tours are free, but participants must RSVP in advance to Amanda Bromberg, at the Community Arts Resources, (213)365-0605, by Friday, July 9th,beginning at 10am. Only the first 14 RSVP’s will be accommodated for each tour.

GRAMMY Museum Tour:

The Grammy Museum is more than just a celebration of music’s most prestigious award.  It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that invites you to look behind the curtain.  On July 10th, at 1:00pm, the public is invited to take part in a special tour of the Grammy Museum.  The tour will last approximately 40 minutes and it’s also a free event.  Tour participants will meet the tour guide in the Grammy Museum Lobby, located at 800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.  Participants must RSVP in advance to Amanda Bromberg at Community Arts Resources, (213)365.0605, by 10am on Friday, July 9th.  Only the first 25 RSVP’s will be accommodated.

FIDM’s “Disney Alice in Wonderland Design Exhibition:”

The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum & Galleries, located at 919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, in downtown’s South Park neighborhood is currently presenting their “Disney Alice in Wonderland Design Exhibition.”  The exhibit will be open on Saturday, July 10th, from 10am to 4:00pm. Entrance to the exhibit is free.  For more information, please call (213)624.1201, or clink the link.

Metro Public Art Tour:

Metro is pleased to offer “CRA/LA in the CBD” participants a specially designed public art tour of the eclectic artwork present throughout the Central Business District Rail Stations. Led by a trained Metro Docent Council volunteer, this unique public art tour is free to the public and will only be available for viewing on Saturday, July 10th. Tours last approximately 2 to 2.5 hours, and begin at 10:30am and 1:00pm.  Tours will depart from and end at the 7th/Metro Station, on the street level.  Look for the Metro Art Docent in the bright yellow vest. Metro stations to visit include: Pershing Square, Civic Center, Union Station, and Pico. Tour participants will receive a free, ride-all-day Metro pass at the beginning of the tour. Walk-ups are welcome, however, only the first 35 participants will be accommodated.

Docent Tour of Central Library:

Come downtown and visit Los Angeles’ Public Library’s state of the art Central Library, located at 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071.  Docent-led tours begin at 11:00am and 2:00pm on Saturday, July 10th, and participants will meet in the front of the Library Store in the main lobby, accessible via the Fifth Street, Hope Street, and Flower Street entrances. The Tours are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary, but tours are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

BEING PEDESTRIAN Walking Tour:

BEING PEDESTRIAN, is a cultural tourism campaign based upon walking, and is a collaboration between artists Sara Daleiden, Sara Wookey and the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles. With its playful prompts, BEING PEDESTRIAN invites the experience of our public spaces of common sidewalks and crosswalks in consideration of the invisible decisions that form our common streetscape. The tour begins at 3pm on Saturday, July 10th and is free. The tour lasts for approximately 1 hour and will meet at Grand Hope Park at the corner of 9th Street and Hope. Participants must RSVP in advance to Amanda Bromberg at Community Arts Resources, (213)365.0605, by 10am on Friday, July 9th. Only the first 14 RSVP’s will be accommodated.

Downtown Walking Tours with the LA Conservancy:

The Los Angeles Conservancy’s Walking Tour Program explores the history and heart of this amazing city through the interpretation of L.A.’s unique architectural resources.  On Saturday, July 10th, the LA Conservancy will offer its Historic Core Tour, the Art Deco Tour, the Downtown Renaissance: Spring & Main Tour, and the Broadway Historic Theatre and Commercial District Tour.  All tours begin at 10 am.  Tours average 2.5 hours and include 1 to 2 miles of total walking.  Meeting locations for each tour vary.  For information on the exact meeting location of your tour and to purchase advanced tickets, please visit the link above.

Tickets for LA Conservancy Members and Kids 12 & and under are $5; tickets for non-members are $10.  All tours allow day-of, walk-up participants, except the Broadway District Tour.

The LA Conservancy is pleased to offer “CRA/LA in the CBD” participants with a two-for-one promotion.  Enjoy two-for-one admission for any regularly scheduled tour at the non-member rate.  Advance reservations required; not valid for walk-ins.  One discount per guest per tour.  Offer valid through August 12th, online or by phone.  To reserve, visit www.laconservancy.org/tours or call
(213)623-2489 and use discount code “CRA35.”

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