URBAN HIKES: FORGOTTEN LA Cultural and Architectural walking

poem performance tours dedicated to exploring the unexplored

corners of Los Angeles.



urban-hikes.JPGURBAN HIKES: FORGOTTEN LA is a unique series of tours devoted to the exploration and celebration of sometimes-forgotten parts of Los Angeles. URBAN HIKES provides a unique and enriching view into neighborhoods such as Little Tokyo, Leimert Park, MacArthur Park, Korea Town, the Downtown Historic Core, Boyle Heights and many more. 

Los Angeles poet and native Mike Sonksen, aka ‘Mike the Poet’, performs his poems live and loud while providing a cultural, historical, and architectural tour exploring the forgotten and hidden gems in our City of Angels.

Mike Sonksen is widely acclaimed for his live performances, contributions to international publications and legendary city tours with A+D Museum, Red Line and The Museum of Neon Art. Poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher, Mike is published in Citybeat, O.C. Weekly, New Angeles, L.A. Weekly and many others. A third generation L.A. native, Mike graduated from UCLA in 1997. His book I AM ALIVE IN LOS ANGELES! has been added to the curriculum of several universities
and receives rave reviews.


upcoming URBAN HIKES tba


>All tours begin in the neighborhood explored, running about 60-90 minutes.
>Meeting locations sent via email prior to each Urban Hike.
>All hikes begin at 11am


past urban hikes

Fall 2013 Urban Hike Series 


leimert PARK | SUNDAY October 20th | 11AM

Leimert Park was designed by the Olmsted brothers, famous for their plans for Central Park in New York City.  It was one of the first planned communities in Southern California.  Today, it has become the center for African American arts and culture in Los Angeles.  Filled with jazz and blues clubs, theaters, hip-hop venues, and other arts institutions, Leimert Park has been called "The Black Greenwich Village", but clearly stands alone as a culture center in its own right.


Arts District Downtown L.A. | SUNDAY November 3rd | 11AM

Join A+D as we explore this exciting and rapidly evolcing area of downtown Los Angeles.  In the 1970s, artists seeking inexpensive space to live and work began to move into empty industrial buildings on the East side of Downtown LA.  The city legalized the practice in 1981 and ever since, the neighborhood has been on the path of gentrification.  Today the Arts District is home to an eclectic mix of lofts, art studios, warehouses and design factories, as well as Sci ARC school of Architecture and the still-operating Union Station Rail Yard.


Koreatown | SUNDAY November 10th | 11AM

Named for the immigrant population that has claimed the area as their new home in LA, Koreatown features bustling urban life and a blending of Korean and Latino cultures in historic Los Angeles.  Koreatown is reportedly one of the most densely populated and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Los Angeles.  In the 1930's it was the epicenter of golden-age Hollywood, with the Ambassador Hotel in the Coconut Grove.  Come and see for your self how Koreatown has evolved in the urban paradise it is today.


Burbank | SUNDAY December 15th | 11AM

Beautiful downtown Burbank has been billed as the "Media Capitol of the World".  Burbank is home to several major production companies, studios, and the workforce they employ.  Extending from the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains to the Eastern edge of the San Fernando Valley, Burbank remains an attractive, walkable town, with access to Griffith Park as well as Bob Hope Airport.