The City of Los Angeles, home to 22 skyscrapers, was founded in 1781 and became a part of Mexico in 1821 until the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo when California was sold in 1848 to the United States. The second largest city in the country and the largest population of a municipality in California, Los Angeles is home to approximately 3.83 million people who live in neighborhoods that span across 498.3 square miles.
One of the most notable neighborhoods of Los Angeles is Downtown. Downtown in and of itself is easier described in areas. Los Angeles is only one of numerous neighborhoods within the City of Angels and encompasses an area that houses landmark properties and attractions: L.A. Live, Nokia Theatre, Staples Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Shrine Auditorium, the …
Million Dollar Theater and the Orpheum, to name just a few in the immediate area. These properties and attractions feature internationally renowned sports matches, world class expositions, big-ticket entertainment and award ceremonies and are representative of the omnipotence of what merely 160 years ago became a municipality.
The financial and business district area of Downtown, also known as Bunker Hill, includes landmark properties and prime real estate such as the California Plaza and the former Library Tower now U.S. Bank Tower, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Ahmanson Theatre as well as residential properties Bunker Hill Towers and the Grand Promenade Tower, among many others. This goes without saying that there are numerous eateries from the hip Gogi Truck that features Korean tacos sold on a truck to the ultimate fine dining experience one could hope to have.
Another area of Downtown is the Civic Center which houses local, state and federal authorities, Los Angeles City Hall, the Los Angeles Superior Court, the United States District Court of the Central District of California, the Los Angeles branch of the Internal Revenue Service and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System – Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center and many other city, county, state and federal or related offices and residential lofts which have sprung up all over the downtown area.
The Pershing Square area of Downtown Los Angeles is where jewelry row begins and rightfully boasts the International Jewelry Center while at the far end of Downtown is Union Station where the public transportation network begins and ends, Olvera Street, Little Tokyo, Skid Row and the missions.
Another business and shopping area of Downtown is the 7th Street Metro area which is home to Macy’s Plaza and 7th & Fig, certain to tame some shopping whims. Further down toward the Alley area of wholesale and discount shopping is the Cooper Design Space and infamous alley for wholesale and discount merchandise, for serious shoppers of bulk.
Downtown, named for being central to all other neighborhoods in the city, is also representative of the growing division between economic classes from one block to the next and yet it manages to do so only in a way that only Los Angeles can. From eccentric if not excessive luxury of the stay at the Hilton Checkers or a quick bite at The City Club in the Bunker Hill financial district or a stay at The Ritz Carlton at L.A. Live and catching a show or concert at the Nokia Theatre or Staples Center to poverty stricken waiting in line to see if a bunk is available at the Midnight Mission at Skid Row, the panorama Downtown changes drastically within just a few blocks as does the architectural style and sometimes even choice of spoken language.
Finally, Los Angeles’ Downtown is both pedestrian and pet friendly. Coupled with an ever-expanding public transportation system that is easily accessible and ready to transport patrons to all other neighborhoods within the city, as well as neighboring cities throughout southern California, getting around Downtown has never been easier.
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