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- Crime & SafetyC-
- Good for FamiliesB-
- Cost of LivingD
- Health & FitnessA
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
Downtown is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California with a population of 42,769. Downtown is in Los Angeles County. Living in Downtown offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Downtown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Downtown and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Downtown are above average.
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Downtown Los Angeles is rapidly being gentrified. As such, there are lots of beautiful new apartments, restaurants, hotels, markets, people and money! That said, it hasn’t lost its gritty underbelly with the sub-culture of Skid Row just blocks from all things shiny. City living comes with city peril. For this reason, Downtown Los Angeles has something for everyone — great private schools, entertainment, cultural and sports venues, employment centers — it’s good for families and singles alike. It is also the Muse of many Street Photographers.
I love living downtown. It’s a denser area than most, but it doesn’t feel like a lot of people actually live here and everything necessary is within walking distance. There are days I don’t even touch my car because it’s easier to walk— I’ll even forget about rush hour sometimes. Plenty of gyms, a few grocery stores, lots of restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment venues, etc keep living downtown exciting and fun. Rent is comparable to the rest of LA, especially Santa Monica and the west side, and all of the “fun” things that are on the west side are also downtown so I don’t have to commute super far like I did when I lived elsewhere. Weekends, weekend mornings especially, make DTLA feel like a ghost town which is incredible. The only part I don’t love is homelessness and the human waste on sidewalks. I don’t go out much and see what happens at night but it breaks my heart to see people sleeping on sidewalks.
I live on Wilshire (near 6th and Bixel). I enjoy being in walking distance to sports and entertainment venues, bars and restaurants. The drawback is that you will walk past homeless people daily and have to see the deplorable living conditions they have. It’s heartbreaking and I hope there will he steps towards fixing this.