Counter-Tourism – An Alternative Method for Placemaking & Community Engagement


When: Friday, August 29 at 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Where: Mercado La Paloma 3655 S Grand Ave Ste 240, Los Angeles, California 90007

City planners make maps and experts give tours. But what does it mean to define the history of spaces and the communities that inhabit them? What are stories that are not being told in the mainstream narrative about place-making and community-building? How do these stories impact the way that we as urban planners and policy professionals understand the design of land use and local policies to support community needs?

The purpose of this workshop is to help participants:
– think critically about how to approach neighborhoods they encounter as visitors, planners, and policymakers
– better understand perspectives of neighborhood residents and how they experience the dynamics of gentrification, displacement and changing community identities
We will use games and peer-led discussions to explore how “counter-tourism” can be a method of engaging with grassroots voices to understand their experiences and visions, to build a foundation to work in solidarity with them for equitable development.

This will also serve a primer for the Partnership for Equitable Los Angeles (PELA)’s year-long program of “Beyond the Gates” tours, a series of alternative neighborhood tours led by community-based partners. However, this can be taken as a stand-alone workshop (particularly, for those interested in community-based participatory work around land use and community development).

Please RSVP using the Google Form linked here.

Participation in tours not necessary to take advantage of this workshop!

More information can be found here.


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