Don Waldie on Downtown

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Though his vision is suspect, he sees downtown like few others. Don Waldie, a public information officer by profession, is a passionate devotee of Downtown Los Angeles. He's also author of the text for Real City: Downtown Los Angeles Inside /Out, a new book by photographer Marissa Roth. The visually-impaired essayist-poet leads us through this "walker's paradise," from Union Station to the Central Library, and shares his observations about the LA River, rapid transit, LA architecture, and suburbia. (Kyle McKinnon guest hosts.)
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Metropolitan Transit Authority

Real City: Downtown Los Angeles Inside/Out



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