The Hidden Histories of L.A.'s Melting Pot Bus Tour of Boyle Heights & San Gabriel Valley
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Featured review from Annette Mann
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I love being a tourist in my own city, and this one was fabulous. I've lived in Los Angeles for a half century and the places we visited on this tour were all new to me. Not only did they introduce me to an unfamiliar part of Los Angeles, but they also did a terrific job of giving historical and cultural context!!! I loved it. They have many other tours and I plan on taking them. This is a great tour for locals or visitors.
Voter registration, citizenship classes, walkouts, blow-outs, anti-Semitism, adult education, racial covenants, boycotts, The City Beautiful, Exclusion Acts and Immigration Acts, property values, xenophobia, and delicious dumplings — all are themes which will be addressed on this lively bus and walking tour.
In the 1890s, Rev. Dana Bartlett ministered to and taught the Russian Molokons in the cramped riverside neighborhood known then and now as “The Flats.” Today, the area contains public housing projects – a belated mid-century solution to the social problems that worried Bartlett, and an ongoing challenge for residents and city planners. In the 1960s, the Chicano Moratorium emerged from the same streets where in the 1920s and 1930s Jewish activists helped change the face of labor in California and the nation. Using the organizing tools first honed by their Jewish neighbors, young Chicanos stood up and rejected the military machine that sent so many of their peers to die in Vietnam, and developed an empowered social identity that led all the way to the Mayor’s office.
The San Gabriel Valley:
In the mid-1920s, Monterey Park was poised on the brink of becoming the Beverly Hills of the east. The Wall Street crash put an end to opulent residential development, but left some beautiful remnants of what might have been. In the 1950s, a thriving Italian-American community settled in the hills, and established some of the area’s most beloved landmark businesses. Since the 1980s, the communities of Alhambra, San Gabriel and Monterey Park have transformed themselves from sleepy suburban bedroom communities (bursting at the seams from a 1950s housing explosion) to the nexus of a pan-Asian megalopolis. Fueled by immigration and investment from Taiwan, Hong Kong and South-East Asia, these communities have found their 21st Century identity, and their economic base-but at the expense of aging long-time residents, who have seen familiar neighborhoods and retail zones become unrecognizable.
This whirlwind social history tour of some of the most interesting and dynamic neighborhoods on the east side of Los Angeles will include stops at:
-The Vladeck Center
-Wyvernwood Garden Apartments
-The Venice Room
-El Encanto & Cascades Park
-Wing Hop Fung