L.A. Part 1: La Placita Olvera
Welcome to day one of L.A. Week. Last week I traveled for the first time to the City of Angels, and this week I’ll be sorting through the 800+ pictures I took and posting my favorites.
Today’s subject is La Placita Olvera, also known as Olvera Street. La Placita Olvera is considered to be the birthplace of Los Angeles, so it’s an appropriate place to begin. La Placita Olvera is a car-free street filled with Mexican restaurants, shops, kiosks, musicians, and historic buildings, including the oldest house in Los Angeles. My trip to L.A. included four visits to La Placita Olvera, owing primarily to my traveling companion’s love for a particular restaurant there. So I have lots of pictures of this colorful and fascinating street — have a look, and if you’re in L.A., check it out.
After a revitalization campaign, Olvera Street opened in its present form as a Mexican marketplace on Easter Sunday in 1930, which makes now anniversary time. Happy 81st anniversary, La Placita Olvera, and thanks for a great time.
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Related: Saturday was the 81st “Blessing of the Animals” on Olvera Street. I wasn’t in town to see that, but you can check out some pictures here.