City Living: Downtown Los Angeles

The City of Angels

Los Angeles. is a melting pot on a grand scale.
In fact, all of Southern California is ethnically and culturally diverse;
the people who live here come from everywhere. SoCal residents come from 180
countries and speak 140 languages. If you move to Los Angeles, your neighbors might
be from half-way around the world or the next state over.
You can't walk five feet through DTLA without seeing a notable site or landmark.
The Bradbury Building alone was built in 1893, and many of the buildings you'll
see stretching up above you are a solid 100 years old. Between Angel's Flight,
Grand Central Market, Bunker Hill, and everything else you can see, this is one of
those places that feels instantly familiar -- you've seen everything here in a movie at least 10 times.
Downtown Los Angeles is arguably the neighborhood experiencing the most significant renaissance.
After a period of stagnation and decreasing population following WWII, Downtown's "Skid Row" neighborhood
became synonymous with urban decline. Thanks in large part to legislation passed in 1999, residential
development saw an upswing and an area formerly dominated by empty spaces and warehouses regained
enough population to draw restaurants and retail businesses back into the fold.
That trend continues to this day, despite rising prices. On global pandemic-free days,
everywhere you look, people are walking; commuting, hopping in and out of the Metro station,
grabbing a happy hour beer, or walking their dog. Downtown LA has received nearly the same reaction
from every East Coaster that's visited: "... are we still in LA?"