Olvera Street is in the oldest part of downtown Los Angeles and is located near the area where LA was born in 1781. In 1930, the block long Olvera Street Market was opened as 'Paseo de Los Angeles' (later popularly known as 'Olvera Street', it's actual street name). The tree-shaded, pedestrian mall marketplace with craft shops, restaurants and street musicians is a popular destination for tourists.The Historic Plaza District that marks the beginning of Olvera Street includes many historic buildings. Recently, over a period of a couple of weeks, I visited the Market several times to get a feeling for the east side of LA and it's roots.
Local musicians accompany Mercedes, otherwise known as 'La Golondrina Oaxaquena', who is a regular on Olvera Street.
A local, named 'Singing Feather' tries out a flute he found in a local shop. The diversity of LA is reflected in the Market's customers.
All manner of souvenirs and trinkets, religious and otherwise, are sold from the carts along Olvera Street.
Several locals pass the time trading tales on a bench in the Market.
If you're so inclined you can have your picture taken with a donkey, sort of... or you can listen to some terrific native flute music in the Plaza.
More locals taking a break... yes, both days I spent at Olvera, I ran across a Buddhist monk. Olvera is quite close to Chinatown. That's LA for you.