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Strolling on 7th Street

A downtown tour hits several landmarks.

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    A postcard of Seventh Street circa 1950s. Courtesy collection of Marlene Laskey.

    If you cue a Henry Mancini-esque soundtrack -- think the peppy "doo doo doo"-ing from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" -- and you think of bouffanted ladies carrying hatboxes and department store bags, you can nearly time-travel right back to LA's own 7th Street, when it was one of the premier shopping destinations in all the city.

    The downtown stretch has changed a bit over the years, and ribboned hatboxes no longer bump along to a Mancini soundtrack. But there are treasures aplenty along 7th, and the LA Conservancy is spending Sunday, Nov. 7 exploring them.

    If you join in, you'll see the exquisite 1926 Fine Arts Building. You'll get to know Brock & Co., where cocktail-happy Seven Grand now resides. And the tucked-away St. Vincent's Court. The street has a lot of new restaurants and tenants, too, so it won't all be looking back and sighing over glove-wearing days now gone.

    Tour price is $30 general, and it is a six-hour -- meaning 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- stroll-about, so be prepared. We'd also prepare to do the Mancini-soundtrack walk along the way. You know what we mean, right? A bit of stylish swagger to the hips. (Hips swathed in a mint-green, early-'60s shift, we trust.)