Being Pedestrian: Walking Tour of South Park

From January-March 2011, BEING PEDESTRIAN teams up with HABEAS LOUNGE, a mobile space designated for civic reflection created by Linda Pollack. Together we are offering a series of walks and post-walk discussions to community groups living and working in Downtown Los Angeles’ South Park neighborhood.

Community Groups currently participating include:
Skid Row Housing Trust / New Carver (www.skidrow.org)
Latino Urban Forum
Los Angeles Athletic Club
Ron Milam Consulting
Volunteers of America Greater Los Angeles

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