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I’ve been on many tours in the Los Angeles area most of them have been usually run by the Los Angeles Conservancy. I usually expect people my age to think it is lame or cheesy to go on a tour, but I figure I get to learn new facts and history regarding my own city. The majority of the things I’ve learned on these tours most people who grew up in Los Angeles don’t even know or bother to know. I take it as an educational experience in our own backyard.
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Recently on the news, I saw a new kind of tour called ” LA Gang Tours” and right away I was like “this is dope” regardless if some people might say it’s controversial or exploiting the poor etc etc. I don’t trip on that. I grew up in the hood been poor or know people from hoods. I have had friends that been to jail or prison. I have been to most of these places, but never in this type of way. It is excellent for historical and archiving purposes in my eyes at least. The price is a bit expensive but if it goes back to the community or If I get a good experience from it, then let it be. I told a few of my friends and everybody surprisingly is down with it (even joking that they are going to bring a Mickey’s 40 oz with them). Usually when I have taken tours in the past honestly, it’s usually an older white crowd. But I don’t mind, I am down to roll down the hood with a little old granny. Hey, I might even see someone I know and wave to them from the bus, lol.
The tours are said to be starting in January so keep posted if you are interested.
LA Gang Tour Website
LA Times article on ” LA Gang Tours”
- The Los Angeles County Jail
- The Los Angeles River Bed
- The Metropolitan Detention Center
- Skid Row
- Pueblos Housing Project
- The Symbionese Liberation Army Shoot Out
- Florencia 13
- Birthplace of Black Panther Party
- Florence District
- Florence Avenue
- Firestone Sheriff Station
- Jordan Downs Housing Projects
- Hall of Justice Jail
- Pico Union Graff Lab (Graffiti Lab)