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Downtown Neighborhoods

The Downtown Los Angeles community is comprised of several different neighborhoods, each filled with more unique opportunities than ever before for visiting and enjoying. Come explore our different neighborhoods and see how vibrant, diverse and exciting our city center has become.

 

Arts District

What originally served as an industrial area lying east of the Civic Center and just west of the Los Angeles Rive, the Arts District has experienced a large influx of local artists over the past few decades.  Home to many galleries, studios, live/work lofts and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), this vibrant community has transformed into a neighborhood that teems with creative life and features many hip, unique shops and eateries.


  Bunker Hill & Grand Avenue

Serving as the modern cultural center of Downtown L.A., Bunker Hill is home to esteemed cultural institutions such as MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Music Center.  Once serving as an aristocratic residential community adjacent to the business headquarters below, the future of Bunker Hill continues to grow stronger with new additions such as the west entrance to Downtown's new 12-acre Grand Park and the under construction Broad Museum.


  Chinatown

Sitting at Downtown's most northern edge, LA's Chinatown is a rich cultural center filled with attractions, shops and restaurants that showcase the many cultural facets of China and the history of the local Chinese-American community.


  Civic Center

With the largest concentration of government employees in the U.S. outside Washington D.C., Civic Center is an influential core of city, state, and federal government offices, courthouses and monuments.  City Hall, the iconic centerpiece of the area, is a not-to-miss example of some of Los Angeles' best early 1900's architecture and has an observation deck open to the public.


  Fashion District

As the core of the apparel industry of the West Coast, the Fashion District offers an incredibly vibrant and diverse collection of design studios, fashion warehouses, and wholesale and retail shopping.  With famed open-air market Santee Alley at its core, the District provides a one-of-a-kind cultural and shopping experience in Downtown.


  Financial District

The center of Downtown's transit hub, 7th Street/Metro Center, the Financial District is a bustling area lined with high rise office and residential buildings, retail centers such as Figat7th and Macy's Plaza, and Downtown's emerging "Restaurant Row" along 7th Street.  Many of Downtown's premiere hotels, bars and nightlife spots can also be found in the district.


  Historic Core

The heart of Los Angeles' living history, the Historic Core is home to Downtown's largest residential population with many lofts and apartments that have been converted through adaptive reuse projects.  Alongside the Historic Broadway Theater District, the Historic Core also features the Old Spring Street Financial District, the location of Los Angeles' first financial firms in the early 20th century.  Today, the neighborhood teems with cafes, restaurants, bars and boutique shops.


  Jewelry District

Home to thousands of retail and wholesale jewelry shops, Downtown's Jewelry District is the world's second largest jewelry district in the world.  Known for its discount prices on all types of jewelry, the district's current use came in the 1960's as gold became a more demanded commodity.


 South Park

Sitting at Downtown's southwestern edge, South Park boasts many of Downtown's most notable entertainment venues, such as Staples Center, Nokia Theater at L.A. Live and the L.A. Convention Center.  With new high-rise properties sprouting up between L.A. Live and FIDM, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandise, the neighborhood is experiencing a significant residential transformation.












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