LOS ANGELES: L.A. Conservancy Selects Arts District for Annual Fall Tour

The Los Angeles Conservancy has selected the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles as the featured neighborhood of its annual one-time-only fall tour on Sunday, November 10, 10 AM to 4 PM. This year’s history and architecture tour will also include an first-ever bicycling component curated by Melissa Richardson Banks aka Downtown Muse to supplement the traditional walking format.


Citizens Warehouse, 2013. © Photo: Melissa Richardson Banks

One of the city’s most popular neighborhoods, the Arts District offers unique industrial architecture, and because of its artistic identity, allows tour goers the chance to see artists in their creative spaces. (NOTE: Artists A.S. Ashley and David Hollen in the 810 E. 3rd St. loft building are among those whose studios will be open for the tour. Stay tuned here for updates! If you are an artist who lives and works in the Arts District, click HERE to send me an email if your studio is open that day.)

According to Sarah Weber, the Conservancy’s Director of Education, the focus of the event is to highlight the history of the neighborhood and its current transformation today, demonstrating the way industrial buildings have been re-used and adapted to meet changing needs over time. Recently, the Conservancy has been working in the Arts District in its advocacy efforts with James K. Pickle Works Building (also known as the Citizens Warehouse), the exterior of which is included in the tour.

The tour is ticketed, includes volunteers and docents to help interpret designated buildings, and offers scripted tour booklets, self-guided walking guides, and of course, the bicycling option curated by Downtown Muse.

Sunday, November 10
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tickets go on sale the week of October 7.
$30 Conservancy Members :: $35 General Public
$15 Students :: $10 Children 12 and under

For updates and to buy tickets (after October 7), visit the Los Angeles Conservancy website.

TOUR SITES (subject to change)


Like most of the Conservancy’s one-time-only spring and fall tours, the tour is self-paced. Attendees can visit as many of the tour sites as they’d like (or can) during the designated hours. At certain sites, Conservancy docents will be on hand to provide interpretation and mini-tours. Along the way, tour goers can explore shops, galleries, and eateries in the area on their own. The event is a collection of docent-led tours, not a bus tour. Attendees park and check in at one of two pre-designated locations, then walk (or bike) to the tour sites nearby. Cars may have to be re-parked once during the tour. Seeing all sites will take about 4-5 hours. Photography may be limited in some interiors. The Arts District is a bike-friendly neighborhood (and encompasses a 52-block area), so attendees are encouraged to ride bicycles!

~ COVER PHOTO: Purple tree and street art on 2nd St. near Challenge Creamery building © Melissa Richardson Banks

TIPS: Bike Theft Prevention

As the founder of our neighborhood’s weekly Arts District Bike-Walk Social Club (#RADDsocial), you KNOW that I just love bikes. In fact, so much that I own a few, which I often loan out, and have even given away a couple so that others can join in the two-wheeled fun! Sadly, as the popularity of cycling increases everywhere, so do incidents of bike theft. Since I’ve noticed that there are several new bike owners out there, as well as many who don’t realize the increase in this crime, I wanted to share some basic information on how best to lock your bike to avoid theft, and if it’s stolen, how to document information about it in advance.


  1. Use quality latches, such as U-locks, chains and heavy padlocks.
  2. Avoid using ONLY cable locks (if used, combine with other quality latches).
  3. When outdoors, use solid fixtures to lock your bike such as the following (never leave an unsecured or weakly secured bicycle alone for any length of time since thieves are capable of stealing them in just minutes, sometimes seconds):
    • Bicycle racks
    • Signs
    • Light posts
    • Fence posts
    • Parking meters
    • Gas mains
    • Mature trees
  4. Tighten the lock as much as possible to your bike or the fixture so thieves have no room to pry them open using bolt cutters or cut through.
  5. Clasp the frame, front wheel, AND rear wheel of your bike when locking it (see illustration below).
  6. Never rely on bolts or screws to hold anything down as wrenches and screwdrivers are common tools.
  7. When not in use, store your bike indoors.

How to Lock Your Bike LAPD


In case your bike is stolen and later recovered, the following preventive actions are recommended:

  1. Take photos of your bike.
  2. Record the serial number, make, model and color of your bike (type into your phone so you can quickly report a loss).
  3. Write or etch your name somewhere on the bike frame.
  4. Register your bike (in Downtown Los Angeles, you can download the LAPD Bike Registration Card below and deliver a completed copy to the agency’s Central Division at 251 E. 6th St., Los Angeles 90014 – keep an original at home and don’t forget to also record the information on your phone!).


LAPD Tip Sheet on Bike Theft Prevention
LAPD Central Division Bike Registration Card
NBC4 Undercover Bike Investigation

Next RADD Bike & Walk Social is Wed 6/5!

This past Wednesday, May 29, marked the second collaborative neighborhood gathering of cyclists and walkers in the Arts District. Resident Scot Ezzell and the now-decade-old Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk group plus Carrie Cheung of DTLA Rendezvous joined R.A.D.D. Bike Club members led by Melissa Richardson Banks of Downtown Muse, increasing the number last night to over 20 participants combined. Highlights of the walk included a impromptu talk by one of the designers of SCI-Arc’s Earthwave now on view in the triangle lot of Bloom Square; a sunset ride over the 6th Street Bridge; tasting mulberries from The Produce Project at Handsome Coffee; a curator talk by Ken Marchionno of TRACTIONARTS at his new video window gallery located at Traction Ave. and Avery St.; and an excellent social afterwards at Eat.Drink.Americano (923 E. 3rd St). Walkers meet weekly on Wednesdays near the former Bloom’s General Store in front of The Pie Hole (714 Traction Ave.), departing at 6:30 p.m. and returning around 8:00 p.m. Now through September, cyclists meet on Wednesdays at Eat.Drink.Americano and depart at 7:00 p.m., returning around 8:30 p.m. The post-event social starts around 8:30 p.m. and is open to all Arts District and Downtown residents. It currently takes place at Eat.Drink.Americano, but is subject to change – confirm weekly.

RSVP our next ride/walk!
R.A.D.D. Bike Ride on Wed 6/5
Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk on Wed 6/5
R.A.D.D. Social Meetup on Wed 6/5

To get notified in advance, sign up on our mailing lists below:
Downtown Muse
R.A.D.D. Social Meetup Group