If you can find parking (and it's not easy -- we had to stop in a 7-11 lot and basically take turns looking), Jason Ostro's Alley Project, is a great way to (in his words) see how artists have turned "blight into bright."
The L.A. Times has covered the Alley Project, located in Historic Filipinotown, several times; here's a dispatch from last fall:
Ostro’s the Alley Project has produced more than 75 murals by more than 50 artists, some local and some international. The side-by-side works, a mishmash of colors and styles, cover nearly every vertical surface, including garage doors, window bars, even dumpsters. Three alleys have been completed since April; production on a fourth is planned to start in about a month.
“When we first moved into the neighborhood three years ago, there was so much garbage and graffiti around here,” says Ostro, owner of the nearby Gabba Gallery. "The whole idea was: 'Turn blight into bright.'"
Some pics we managed to shoot around the 7-11 (and hopefully we'll be back soon -- and find a parking spot -- to explore more):