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Playing tourist at Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods

October 17, 2012|By Lisa Boone
  • Residents lead tours of their neighborhoods in a free event organized by L.A. Commons.
Residents lead tours of their neighborhoods in a free event organized by… (L.A. Commons )

Whether nibbling injera flatbread in Little Ethiopia or sampling Salvadoran pupusas in the Byzantine-Latino Quarter, you could have much to experience in a series of free tours Sunday collectively called Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods.

The nonprofit group L.A. Commons is organizing the daylong event, which covers more than a dozen diverse neighborhoods. The celebration will be like L.A. Commons' monthly Trekking L.A. tours, during which residents act as docents in their own neighorhoods. 

Highlights of Found L.A. include an early-morning stroll along South Central Avenue with City Councilwoman Jan Perry; a tour of Frogtown art studios with artist Patricia Perez in Elysian Valley; a hike on an Eagle Rock trail with guide Peter Schaller; and a tour of Highland Park with Scott Piotrowski, author of  "Finding the End of the Mother Road: Route 66 in Los Angeles County."

Other neighborhood tours include Silver Lake, Little Tokyo, North Hollywood, Watts, Venice, Koreatown and Filipinotown. At press time,  Silver Lake, Koreatown and Venice were sold out.

Tours run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants can register for more than one tour online. 

lisa.boone@latimes.com

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