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800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Please note that the meeting spot is subject to change - RSVP to stay updated!
About the Walking Tours
Inspired by the tours previously lead by Dr. Mike Steiner of the CSUF American Studies department, and the book A People's Guide to Los Angeles, the Los Angeles walking tours are designed to provide a link between local history, community, and the ways that urban spaces transform when explored by foot. Tour organizer Brande Jackson teaches in the American Studies departments of both CSUF and CSULB, and also serves as the program director of Living Histories, a non-profit organization devoted to community and creativity. She set out to 'revive' the walking tour tradition of CSUF AMST in early 2016 as part of her 'California Cultures' class, and has since expanded it into a larger community project. Each walk brings together a mixture of high school and college students with community members, who, as a group, explore the place they collectively call home. The walks emphasize the often overlooked and untold stories that shaped the unique history of Los Angeles, and some tours also emphasize “the city as creative inspiration” via street photography and writing. A key element of the tours, though, is simply helping people see 'their city' in new ways; many participants of the tours comment on how 'they had always meant to go...' to the various stops on the tour, and are suprised by the depth and history that such a small part of a large city has to offer. The tours happen as part of a larger project coordinated by Living Histories: "Telling the Stories of Where We Are From." Living Histories is currently seeking funding to expand this program, a mixture of Los Angeles history with individual memoir of residents, to a diverse range of communities in the city.
Option #1: If it makes sense for you, take the Metro! Union Station is the main transportation hub, so many lines, both Metro and Amtrak, stop there. Cheap and easy - no parking at all! Just take the train to Union Station, walk out to the main entrance on Alameda, and find us!
Option #2: We suggest parking at Union Station. If you park in the underground lot off of Vignes, it should be $8 for the day. Parking on the Alameda, or 'front' side of Union Station costs about $16 for the day. If you want to park in other spots near Union Station, the website below provides a good list of what is available in the area, just know that there is really no free or street parking anywhere nearby, and it will probably cost between $8 and $20 to park for the duration of the tour.
More info on parking options at Union station here and here.
We will be meeting outside, on the left side of Union Station (if looking at the building from Alameda), and will be there doing intros, and checking out the building, until about 20 minutes past our meet time. From Union Station, we will walk through Chinatown, Olvera Street, Downtown LA and end in Little Tokyo. If you need to drop out early, at any point, you can go back to any Gold or Red Line station and take the train back to your car. A more detailed itinerary will be emailed to those that RSVP.
The walking tour is free to students! For non-students, there is a suggested ticket price of $20 - $30 if you can, but only if you can - and no worries at all if you can't! More info will be provided once you register in regards to how to make a payment. There are a few minimal costs to take into consideration, such as food and drinks along the walk. If you opt to park at Union Station, budget for up to $15 for parking, $8 if you park underground, 'in the back'.
How Much Walkin' Are We Talkin'?
You will indeed get your workout - smart watches and trackers will be buzzing! Typically, we track a good 4-5 miles, so wear comfy shoes! That said, we move at a moderate pace, with lots of stops, and breaks for food and drink.