"DOWNTOWN LA" Downtown Tip by MM212

Downtown, Los Angeles: 68 reviews and 150 photos

  Downtown! Aug 2011
by MM212
  • Downtown! Aug 2011 - Los Angeles
      Downtown! Aug 2011
    by MM212
  • Skyscrapers of Downtown LA, Aug 2011 - Los Angeles
      Skyscrapers of Downtown LA, Aug 2011
    by MM212

Typically ignored by visitors to Los Angeles, Downtown LA is where the city actually started. When it was founded in 1781 by the Spanish, Los Angeles was intended to be in this location, quite a distance from the ocean, while everything around it was merely a suburb or a settlement. Growth in the 20th century resulted in a large metropolis that usurped everything around it and beyond. A few exceptions resisted joining the City of Los Angeles, namely Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and more recently West Hollywood. Each is considered an independent city, though for all intents and purposes, they function as mere neighbourhoods in this massive city. Downtown LA is where the largest skyscrapers in the city are located, east of Hollywood. The district has had its ups and downs, but its age of glory was in the early 20th century where it was a thriving commercial district. The area fell into neglect later in the 20th century, but in the last few decades it has experienced a significant resurgence. Many big businesses are now located there, while new and sleek architectural buildings have been constructed. For lovers of history and architecture, Downtown LA certainly is the most interesting part in all of Los Angeles. Many of the iconic buildings of this district are described individually on this page.

Address: Downtown LA

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