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Old 07-11-2011, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I used to work at Third and S.Grand in the California Plaza. (The high rise district.) The streets between there and the tunnel with escalator down to the Blue Line subway had cars with windows broken out and alarms blaring every day. It was so commonplace nobody even stopped to notice and the LAPD was nowhere to be seen. I would not take my family into that area. What for?

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Old 07-11-2011, 04:43 PM
 
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A to B might be a little sketchy, specially round Cesar Chavez. From A, I would go south on Alameda, then right on 1st, that goes right through Little Tokyo which is one of my favorite places in LA

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I used to work at Third and Grand in the California Center. (The high rise district.) The streets between there and the tunnel with escalator down to the Blue Line subway had cars with windows broken out and alarms blaring every day. It was so commonplace nobody even stopped to notice and the LAPD was nowhere to be seen. I would not take my family into that area. What for?
You're both about 10-15 years dated on your information.

I started working a field government job in 2000 that covered downtown. There were legitimate fears at that time about crime. But even then I was a chubby white kid and was able to walk around Spring and Main and 5th which was arguably the worst area of downtown.

Nowdays, neither of those areas are unsafe. 3rd and Grand is just fine 24/7.

Alameda/Cesar Chavez is no problem during the day and only suffers from lack of foot traffic after around 9pm. There is a small issue of homeless in the park south of Alameda/Los Angeles and also some issue of people released from twin towers, but in the daytime, its not an issue at all.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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City Hall has an observation deck (mentioned in this Yelp thread: Los Angeles City Hall - Downtown - Los Angeles, CA). There is also an underground mall next door to City Hall (also mentioned in the thread) that is kind of neat.

Also, if you are going close to Angel's Flight, don't forget to check out Grand Central Market across the street. You can walk through it, from Broadway to Hill on your way to Angel's Flight.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:24 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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the Bonaventure Hotel has two restaurants on the top floors of the building, one which rotates for a full panoramic view of downtown and the entire city (you should be able to see to the coast on a clear day). I believe the rotating floor doesn't require meal reservations to enter.
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Belgium
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Thank you !

I've checked for panoramic restaurants and bars, but with a small kid, I won't be possible, but i have found a website talking about the observation deck at the City Hall (A Little Reminder: City Hall Observation Deck :: blogdowntown)

It's open on Weekdays 9am - 5pm

I will have great view from there.
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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You're both about 10-15 years dated on your information.

I started working a field government job in 2000 that covered downtown. There were legitimate fears at that time about crime. But even then I was a chubby white kid and was able to walk around Spring and Main and 5th which was arguably the worst area of downtown.

Nowdays, neither of those areas are unsafe. 3rd and Grand is just fine 24/7.

Alameda/Cesar Chavez is no problem during the day and only suffers from lack of foot traffic after around 9pm. There is a small issue of homeless in the park south of Alameda/Los Angeles and also some issue of people released from twin towers, but in the daytime, its not an issue at all.
Nice to hear the area has been cleaned up. Yes I was there in the 90s.
In the 90s it was not safe.
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:22 PM
 
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I would take a walk north all the way down Spring Street until at least 7th street to see all of the newly converted lofts, plus there are dozens of new cafe's to check out. You should also continue up Main street up to about 4th street. Although not as impressive as what has developed on Spring, but there are a few good things to see especially around 4th Street.
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Nice to hear the area has been cleaned up. Yes I was there in the 90s.
In the 90s it was not safe.
I have to disagree. The area around 3rd and Grand was safe in the 1990's in my experience. The only dangerous aspect to it then (or even now) is that it is dead at night. So in theory it could be dangerous at 2am b/c there is nobody around. Just like an empty suburban mall parking lot at 2am. Downtown's homeless population stays pretty much east of this area.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:59 AM
 
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Hello,


we are a family with one little child from Belgium and we will come to California next month.

we like historic places so we would like to visit in the afternoon downtown LA places like Union station, olvera street, city hall, angel flight, bunker hill, los angeles theater, bradbury building...

we want to walk only, so is downtown LA safe for tourists like us ?

I don't have a bad idea about LA, but like in every big city, there are some streets that are not recommended to go on foot !

Thanks for the help !
Yes, I would say so. Just be careful as you would in any large European city like Paris, London, and Madrid. Don't wander off into skid row or beyond the freeways 10, 101, 5, and 110. Use your common sense.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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The most historic places to eat in DTLA are arguably, Philippe's, Cole's, The Original Pantry and Clifton's Cafeteria.
Don't forget Hop Louie and the old Far East chop suey house. Everyone should eat there once, just to say they did.


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