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Old 05-24-2009, 02:05 PM
 
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Default Whats Wrong With Downtown L.A.

I'm in L.A. and I took a trip to downtown L.A. for the first time and the buildings architecture is beautiful even though some are dirty and haven't been kept up.

What surprised me is that it is a large area in a prime location and the buildings were taller than I pictured for such a low laying city.

Why are there so many buildings some 5 stories or higher that look as if they are completely vacant?? I looked into the windows and some were broken or there was trash in it. It didn't look like people lived there. There was only a small area that seemed to be upgraded and those locations were near stadium and the nicer hotels.

Any natives to L.A. know what happen to this part of the city. It seemed to be booming at one point or else there wouldn't be so many buildings that that look like they once had potential.
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Old 05-24-2009, 02:10 PM
 
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It sort of got abandoned for a while, as the population and business center migrated westward down Wilshire. Now it's being reinvented, people and businesses are reinvesting and moving back.
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Old 05-24-2009, 02:28 PM
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DLA has been a dump for decades...much like most areas of any major city (like NYC's Wall Street vs Midtown)

Most financial firms prefer to be in offices in Century City/BevHills/SantaMonica area, nearer homes of senior execs and better restaurants (for business meetings)

And most major companies like Broadcom or Amgen prefer HQs in suburban office parks in newer, cheaper places like Irvine or 1000 Oaks, again closer to where most execs prefer to reside

Same dynamics as nearly every major city in US
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Old 05-24-2009, 03:14 PM
 
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DLA is being revitalized. For a long time, much of it was bombed out, broken windows, crack heads, all that. Looked just like the video "Thriller."
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Old 05-24-2009, 03:17 PM
 
Location: LB/OC for now...
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the 80s happened to it, and its still not a great place to be after dark. southern californians are far more fond of suburbia than urban areas where you get little for your money in both size and safety
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:48 PM
 
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I always wondered whether L.A. was trying to end up more like a New York City than what it has become. If it wasn't for the automobile Los Angeles might be something similar to Japan because of its mountainous terrain and earthquakes. If that was the case L.A would be much denser and larger than New York City because of all the space here.
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Old 05-24-2009, 07:53 PM
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Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Originally Posted by traveler36 View Post
I'm in L.A. and I took a trip to downtown L.A. for the first time and the buildings architecture is beautiful even though some are dirty and haven't been kept up.

What surprised me is that it is a large area in a prime location and the buildings were taller than I pictured for such a low laying city.

Why are there so many buildings some 5 stories or higher that look as if they are completely vacant?? I looked into the windows and some were broken or there was trash in it. It didn't look like people lived there. There was only a small area that seemed to be upgraded and those locations were near stadium and the nicer hotels.

Any natives to L.A. know what happen to this part of the city. It seemed to be booming at one point or else there wouldn't be so many buildings that that look like they once had potential.
Like many cities, companies and small businesses started moving to the burbs to make commuting easier. I think it is coming back, hopefully in 10 years those same buildings will be renovated and in use.

Nita
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Burbank
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I LOVE downtown!
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:10 PM
 
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I LOVE downtown!
Ditto.
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Old 05-25-2009, 03:20 AM
 
Location: la socal
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couldnt agree more dt is not like the other areas of city (people, enforcement, vehicles etc..) just outside dt and even other places locally.
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southern californians are far more fond of suburbia than urban areas where you get little for your money in both size and safety
really the burbs aint exciting or not fun place just not even like urban places.
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