In July 2013, LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association launched a series of six monthly walking tours along Broadway meant to raise consciousness about the Broadway Theater and Commercial District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the pending implementation of Strategy One, Phase One of the City of Los Angeles’ Broadway Streetscape Master Plan. Each walking tour follows and departs from the free LAVA Sunday Salon.
Tour guides are Donald Spivack (CRA), Brian Kaiser, Michelle Gerdes, Steve Gerdes & David Saffer (Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation), Mike the PoeT and Richard Schave & Kim Cooper (Esotouric/LAVA).
We walked along South Broadway, between 5th and 6th Streets, focusing on the theaters as well as the original retail stores along the block. Stops include a tour of Ernest Batchelder’s Dutch Chocolate Shop and the Spring Arcade Building.
Read about this tour here, and watch video of the walk below.