There was an article several weeks ago in the L.A. Times announcing that the largest tour bus sightseeing company in town and an enormous, successful gossip website/tv show organization were teaming up to offer some sort of stalker/paparazzi tour.
I was interviewed for the article (which I was told was going to be about various new tours opening in the area). The published article however, mentioned only them and me. I was given two sentences and framed as sort of the 'don't-bother David' with the rest of the article focused on there 'OMG-how-fab Goliath'. When I read this, I remember thinking, "how am I ever supposed to compete with the massive, corporate driven, publicity machine of these people!"
What I offer is as opposite to them as a game of marbles is to Grand Theft Auto but nonetheless, we are both competing for the same sightseeing tourism audience.
Turns out the article shook more than just me up! In short order a call to arms went out (arms of loving support) and the result is:
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7 Days In LA is a brand new website/calendar offering 14 different independent tour operators that can give you a variety of was to explore Los Angeles! We are all, in our different ways, 'Artisans of the Tour'. I'm just crazy about my fellows in this endeavor and would recommend any of the tours they do. What's your interest: Hollywood History, Architecture, True Crime Stories, Gay History, Film Locations, Grave Yards? We got 'em and more! Each company has a bio page and there is an updating calendar of tours being offered. Just find something you want and from there you can go to the individual company's website for contact info and ticket purchases.
One day after launching we've been garnering quite a bit of notice already but my favorite is crime novelist Christa Faust tweeted this to 1700 followers:
"Think L.A. is all fake tits and Ferraris? Think again. http://www.7daysinla.com/"
So, a revolution? Perhaps not, but I'll be satisfied with a more level playing field!