Join Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic sightseeing tour company, for an immersive cultural history webinar that's whirlwind trip through Los Angeles freeway lore, from their design, mapping and engineering innovations to the communities displaced in their path, packed with unexpected tidbits that will forever change the way you navigate and understand the city.
Our special guests for this program are transit historian Paul Haddad (author of the newly published Freewaytopia: How Freeways Shaped Los Angeles), photographer and educator Jeff Gates (In Our Path) and Bunker Hill native son Gordon Pattison, a witness to the displacement and community disconnect caused by the 110- Harbor Freeway's 4th Street Cut.
We'll hop right onto the fast lane as Paul Haddad takes us for a virtual tour around the freeways and interchanges featured in "Freewaytopia," slowing to see the sights and point out memorable characters and vistas. Our other guests will chime in with insights along the way.
The route includes:
After his undergraduate studies in art history at UC Santa Cruz, Richard Schave set out to explore the American interior as an itinerant brick mason. His return to his native Los Angeles coincided with a renewed acquaintance with Kim Cooper, a once-detested academic colleague who would become his bride. Together, fusing scholarly research with new digital tools, they launched the 1947project time travel blog, along with In SRO Land, and On Bunker Hill, as well as the Esotouric tour company. With the success of Kim’s True Crime tours, Richard developed a series of Literary and California Culture excursions. Richard is a dedicated preservationist, and the host of the LAVA Sunday Salon and the LAVA Literary Salon series, named Best L.A. Literary Salon by Los Angeles Magazine. He also curates an ongoing series of forensic science programs at Cal State Los Angeles. Richard is also a reader at the Huntington Library.
Kim Cooper (“one of L.A.’s brightest torchbearers” – Electric Literature) is the creator of 1947project, the crime-a-day time travel blog that spawned Esotouric’s popular crime bus tours, including Pasadena Confidential, the Real Black Dahlia and Weird West Adams. She is the author of The Kept Girl, the acclaimed historical mystery starring the young Raymond Chandler and the real-life Philip Marlowe, and of The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles. Her collaborative L.A. history blogs include On Bunker Hill and In SRO Land. With husband Richard Schave, Kim curates the Salons of LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association. When the third generation Angeleno isn’t combing old newspapers for forgotten scandals, she is a passionate advocate for historic preservation of signage, vernacular architecture and writer’s homes. Kim was for many years the editrix of Scram, a journal of unpopular culture. Her books include Fall in Love For Life, Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, Lost in the Grooves and an oral history of Neutral Milk Hotel.