The Los Angeles River School Youth Voices students visited L.A. City Hall to learn more about where and how they could continue to pursue their community causes. The goal of the trip was to explore how they could extend their conversation about revitalizing vacant lots, the Los Angeles River, San Fernando Road, and the Riverside Figueroa Bridge to the pertinent City Departments and the City Council. Where are the points of entry for residents like themselves who are working to make their neighborhoods better? Their journey took them through different areas of City Hall, where they had an opportunity to see some of the inner workings of local government and catch a glimpse of a part of the city that most Angelenos rarely see.
The bus dropped off the students on First Street between Main Street and Spring Street, allowing the students to walk around the newly landscaped City Hall Park Center and enter through the Main Street entrance. After going through security on the first floor, the students headed up the stairs to the East Lobby on the third floor where the tour was scheduled to begin. The third floor of City Hall is home to the Mayor's Office, the City Council Chambers, and beautiful architectural designs throughout. This was the main floor the students explored and the one that, with the assistance of their tour guide, provided most of the answers to their questions regarding community engagement. A surprise came near the end of the tour when the students were whisked up to the 26th floor to see the city in a very new way.
Photos by Alvaro Parra and Rubi Fregoso. Information and details regarding City Hall provided by the City Hall Tours Information Manual