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Downtown Historic District

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Enjoy classic and modern buildings and contrasts

If you are an architecture buff don't miss seeing how vintage classic buildings give way to modern ones offering a place of dramatic contracts. On one side, luxurious shops and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are an architecture buff don't miss seeing how vintage classic buildings give way to modern ones offering a place of dramatic contracts. On one side, luxurious shops and restaurants clash against the crawling poverty of hundreds of people leaving in camping tents across the sidewalks. Downtown is huge so I would suggest to drive around if you want... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This district of Los Angeles will turn out to be very chaotic during daylight hours for the presence of numerous administrative buildings, sales and headquarters of major banks like any self-respected downtown. So you can enjoy the area's high-rise buildings, which appear to be less dense than in other US cities and rise toward the always blue sky. As for... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for great restaurants, evening roaming around then this is the place. This place had attractions for throughout the day, right from 9am later midnight. Must see places are Microsoft theater zone, staples etc., after 9pm this location is just colorful and great to stay around till midnight during weekends

Thank Srinivas P
Oakland, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just wandered and were pleased wth the classic downtown architecture. Some buildings have been renovated and more renovations are on the way. Unfortunately way too much traffic, noise and pollution.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Downtown LA is not a very noce area in the city. I went with my mom and she was kinda afraid of all the homeless. The streets smell pretty bad, is a very dirty and unsafe place. We stayed in a hotel in downtown that was actually a great deal for what we got. I love LA but downtown is... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Certainly there are parts of the city center is interesting but it is overshadowed by all social misery. Most are within walking distance.Combined the visit with Art District, The Broad and some occasional restaurant, it immediately becomes much more interesting.

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Hanahan, SC
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

This area would have been really neat.....back in 1950 or so. Now it is dirty Dirty DIRTY with a post-apocalyptic level of mentally ill people, homeless people, and mentally ill homeless people. I've been to old cities that are dirty; Paris/London/Florence but LA is not "old" so there's really no excuse for the filth. It wasn't unsafe per se; plenty... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Downtown LA is crazy. Crazy that there can be so much wealth and poverty living side by side. The sidewalks reek of urine, and are full of obviously mentally ill homeless people. Sure there are some really interesting and historic buildings to see, but it's hard to get past all the bad.

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

I came here on July 5th, with the Glitterati Tour to see Downtown. I went into the Downtown Historic District where I went inside the Bradburry Building of 1893. Some of the buildings in this district were completed from the 1800s to 1960s. It had movie theaters, shops, and restaurants. It is on the preservation and is targeted for restoration.

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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

I walked around downtown LA and I felt very dissapointed. I was expecting a better kept city. It's full of homeless people. With the exception of a few streets, the rest is too ugly. Heard that there are plans to revitalize the whole area. I hope they do it. There are a lot of beautiful buildings but most of them... More 

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Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
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