Downtown Los Angeles is a great place to enjoy the arts, explore the area’s history, and wine and dine in the nightlife. It’s easy to get around with walking, taxis, and public transportation. And this community of 50,000 people is very diverse.
This area is the central business district for L.A. and is home to over 500,000 jobs. Downtown Los Angeles was founded in 1781 and today consists of many different areas like the fashion district and skid row. For years the area’s economy suffered a decline but resurgence was evident in the early 2000’s.
The urban core here attracts residents with its new apartment towers and lofts. Housing units increased after the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance of 1999 was passed. This allowed developers to convert vacant buildings into renovated luxury apartments and lofts. With this kind of growth in the housing market as well as retail and office, Downtown Los Angeles. has become an extraordinary place to live. There are many communities here with their own culture, characteristics, and charm.
One of the contributors to Downtown Los Angeles’ revitalization was the Staple Center which opened in 1999 bringing in 250 events and 4 million visitors to the area a year. After that the L.A. Live complex was built with the Grammy Museum and Microsoft Theater.
Downtown Los Angeles is considered the second-most diverse community in the city with even numbers between Asian Americans, African Americans, Non-Hispanic Whites, and Latinos.
This neighborhood is the heart of a growing rail transit system. Metrolink operates six commuter lines and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) operates two subway lines as well as bus services. Stations that are serviced include Los Angeles Union Station, Pico/Chick Hearn Station, and Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.
This area’s earliest settlers were the Tongva, a Native American group of people. In 1769 Father Juan Crespi explored this area for Catholic mission and reported it to be a place of value. The city was then founded in 1781 from a group that traveled from where Mexico is today.
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