Pico Union is a calm friendly place to live however parking is really bad in this neighborhood so I hope to one day see more parking spots without meters.
Definitely going through changes, neighborhood is headed in the right direction. Excellent location if you work either downtown or on the west side.
Pico Union is minutes away from the Staples and Convention Centers. The streets in this area are clean for the most part with the exception of graffiti on a few buildings. Like any small active neighborhood in LA, early mornings consist of people catching the metro buses, and the Dash. It's busiest street is Pico and here is where family owned businesses, and clinics can be found. There's a nearby 99cents store, but the real staple of this neighborhood would have to be the Adelita bakery on Pico and Union. Though there's hardly ever any parking for its residents, the meters on the main streets are inexpensive.
Pico Union is a place that many people have called home for many years. The majority of people that live in PU have been there for years, I know many people that have been given the same home their great grandparents parents use to live in. It may not be such a safe place, but everyone is respectful with everyone and the community tries their best to focus on everyone living in the community.