Join Hal Bastian, known by many as “Mr. Downtown” and “the Mayor of Downtown,” for a whirlwind, comprehensive hop-on, hop-off bus tour of downtown Los Angeles, or DTLA, as many now refer to it. Bastian will take participants through many of DTLA’s 16 neighborhoods to show off commercial and residential development, parks, cultural institutions, as well as DTLA’s major challenge, Skid Row. Midway through the day, the tour will stop at the 100-year-old Grand Central Market, where participants will buy their own lunch at one of the many food vendors in this iconic place. The tour will be filled with the history of DTLA, as well as the personal story of Bastian’s 24-year experience as a leader of the DTLA renaissance. Participants will take home some ideas for best practices to use in their communities. Before the tour, watch Bastian’s web-based video series about DTLA, “What’s Up, Downtown? with Hal Bastian” at halbastian.com or on YouTube!
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