Dean Michael Woo will lead a walking tour of Hollywood, starting with the Hollywood Farmers Market, now the largest certified farmers market in the City of Los Angeles. Woo helped to co-found the market in 1991. The tour will include other environmental design-related locations such as the Hollywood/Vine Metro Red Line station, Amoeba Music, historic preservation sites, and affordable housing complexes. Woo, who was the first urban planner elected to the Los Angeles City Council, initiated the Hollywood redevelopment plan that underlies Hollywood’s current revitalization. The tour is tentatively set to start at 9:30 a.m. at Selma and Ivar avenues. The $20 per person charge will pay for scrip that can be used to buy lunch and produce from the Hollywood Farmers Market.
Here's a rundown of the day's itinerary:
- 9:30 am: Meet at the corner of Ivar and Selma Avenues in front of the Hollywood Farmers Market information booth and talk to Elizabeth Bowman, manager of the Hollywood Farmers Market.
- Walk through the market, meeting vendors and customers, and dropping in on the “Bakers Will Bake” bake sale (featuring prominent bakers from around the city benefiting the school garden at King Middle School).
- Visit the lobby of the historic Pantages Theatre (before the matinee of “Hamilton”) – LIMITED TO THE FIRST 20 RSVPs.
- Visit the Hollywood and Vine Metro Red Line station and meet Aspet Davidian, AIA, senior director for architecture and major capital project engineering for LA County Metro.
- Discuss gentrification and housing issues in Hollywood with Sarah Letts, executive director of the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation.
- Discuss Hollywood nightlife with Hollywood restaurant entrepreneur George Abou-Daoud, founder of Bowery Street Enterprises, owner of Bowery, Delancey, Farida, Bowery Bungalow, Homeward Ground, Mission Cantina, Twins Sliders, Tamarind Avenue Deli, and Mercantile.
- Meet LAPD senior lead officer Brenda Ramirez at Hollywood Division of LAPD.
- Visit the Goldwyn Regional Branch of the L.A. Public Library (designed by Frank Gehry) and meet branch manager Barbara Metzenbaum.
- For the last stop on the tour, at about 2:30 pm, visit Amoeba Music, the huge cultural emporium of recorded sound and images and one of the last terrestrial independent used record stores in Los Angeles.
Throughout October and November, the College of Environmental Design is organizing the 2017 ENV Festival, a series of events to collectively demonstrate to the world the diversity of issues and enterprises that highlight the work and interests of students, faculty, staff and alumni.