Wednesday, May 04, 2016
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The Downtown series will try to break the mold by bringing viewers stories about the people of downtown Los Angeles. “People either think of downtown as a place with tall office buildings or Skid Row, but it offers much more than that. We hope to capture the energy and excitement of its bustling streets and neighborhoods, and debunk its myths.” From the energy of the people who are working and living there, to the vision of the men and women who are designing and building new spaces, to the arts and cultural organizations active there— downtown is happening!
Downtown #101 - SURPRISES
In the premiere episode of this new series on Downtown LA, Huell finds a wonderful French restaurant off an alley on 7th Street and also visits the newly restored Cole's - the other home of the French Dip!
The French Garden
Downtown #102 - ART WALK
Huell checks out the exploding art scene in downtown LA as he visits several galleries during the monthly downtown “art walk.”
Downtown #103 - EVANS COMMUNITY SCHOOL
As the new Downtown series continues, Huell visits the Evans Community Adult School and meets students eager to learn.
Evans Community Adult School
Downtown #104 - DOWNTOWN SPECIAL
In this special on-hour episode, Huell checks out the Downtown “surprises” and also participates in the monthly “art walk.”
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Downtown #105 - BISCUIT COMPANY LOFTS
Huell visits the National Biscuit Company Factory Building, which was carefully renovated to preserve it's unique history and architecture.
Downtown #106 - LOS ANGELES STATE HISTORIC PARK
The Los Angeles State Historic Park, most recently known as the Cornfield or Chinatown Yard property, is a 32-acre site linked to the long and varied history of the city and its diverse people. The site has historical significance and associations at many levels to the Los Angeles story, including its very existence as a State Park, due to the efforts of one of the most diverse coalitions of local citizens, activists, and environmental justice advocates ever assembled. The story of this community effort to protect the land from industrial development and save it as a public park reflects not only the statewide significance of the site, but its opportunity to become a venue for study, celebration, civic engagement, and recreation for the residents and guests of the City of Los Angeles.
The Park is located within half a mile from El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, on what has been recorded as communal agricultural land during the pueblo’s early years. At its northern end, the site is about 150 feet from the Los Angeles River. Within one mile of this once fertile property is the last recorded location of Yang-na, one of the largest Tongva villages in the area. Surrounding the Park are the historic and ethnically diverse communities of Lincoln Heights, Elysian Park, Solano Canyon, Chinatown, Chavez Ravine, and William Mead Homes.
The City of Los Angeles long ago recognized the local significance of the site and dedicated it as Cultural Monument #82 for its role as the Southern Pacific’s River Station railroad yard. Yet the cultural significance of the property and adjacent area is much more than the site’s use as a railroad yard. The Park provides a place where people can come together to understand and learn from the broader story and innumerable viewpoints of the fascinating, influential, and sometimes painful history of Los Angeles.
Downtown #107 - SAFETY
Huell walks the streets of Downtown Los Angeles with a veteran LAPD officer to talk about safety.
Downtown #108 - EASTERN COLUMBIA BUILDING
Located at 849 S. Broadway in the Broadway Theater District of downtown Los Angeles. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Los Angeles' historic buildings, as well as its finest surviving example of Art Deco. In this adventure Huell tours the magnificently restored Eastern Columbia Building to discover it’s great history and its new life.
Downtown #109 - FILM SHOOTS
Huell visits the set of CSI New York which is actually shot in downtown Los Angeles. New York, eat your heart out!
Downtown #110 - CHURCH OF THE OPEN DOOR
If you visit the high rise at 550 South Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles, you might not know the rich history of that address or why there is a small memorial to the Church of the Open Door in the entrance to the building. Members of the church come back to share with Huell the seventy year history of that spot and explain the memorial. We’ll also visit the fabled “Jesus Saves” sign that once graced the roof of the original church in it’s new location and go to the site of the new Church of the Open Door in Glendora.
Downtown #111 - DISNEY CONCERT HALL
Downtown #112 - TRADE TECH
Huell visits Los Angeles Trade Tech College, where students learn to become mechanics, beauticians and even chefs. Watch this whole episode right here:
Downtown #113 - OLD BANK DISTRICT
Huell visits several buildings in the old bank district, including the beautifully restored St. Vibiana's Church, which will have a new life as a performing arts and community center thanks to developer Tom Gilmore.
Check out the active links at the bottom of the page.
Old Bank DVD
Old Bank District Market
Orlando's Hair and Nails
Old Bank District Art Walk
Downtown #114 - DOWNTOWN HIDDEN SURPRISES
Huell visits the Christian Science Reading Room, followed by a tour of the garden that surrounds Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
Christian Science Reading Room
See links for Disney Hall info.
Downtown #115 - DISCOVERIES
Huell spends an afternoon in downtown L.A. at Bottega Louie’s, a new hot spot in the old Brooks Brothers building. Then at La Cita, he visits a true downtown fixture with its authentic ranchera music and dance.
Bottega Louie Restaurant & Gourmet Market
KCET Launches Huell's Interactive Los Angeles
Visit the interactive
The Best of California's Gold. Call 800-255-5727. DVD for $49.95.