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We stayed downtown because we went to a clippers game. There wasn't much action. Some very pretty buildings. Tons of dog crap everywhere.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
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Hanahan, SC
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This area would have been really neat.....back in 1950 or so. Now it is dirty Dirty DIRTY with a post-apocalyptic level of mentally ill people, homeless people, and mentally ill homeless people. I've been to old cities that are dirty; Paris/London/Florence but LA is not "old" so there's really no excuse for the filth. It wasn't unsafe per se; plenty... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Downtown LA is crazy. Crazy that there can be so much wealth and poverty living side by side. The sidewalks reek of urine, and are full of obviously mentally ill homeless people. Sure there are some really interesting and historic buildings to see, but it's hard to get past all the bad.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I came here on July 5th, with the Glitterati Tour to see Downtown. I went into the Downtown Historic District where I went inside the Bradburry Building of 1893. Some of the buildings in this district were completed from the 1800s to 1960s. It had movie theaters, shops, and restaurants. It is on the preservation and is targeted for restoration.

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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

I walked around downtown LA and I felt very dissapointed. I was expecting a better kept city. It's full of homeless people. With the exception of a few streets, the rest is too ugly. Heard that there are plans to revitalize the whole area. I hope they do it. There are a lot of beautiful buildings but most of them... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

This is not the image most of us have of LA. Old landmark buildings that remind me of buildings back east in New York, Philadelphia and Boston. Walking is the only way to enjoy this area. We were told to avoid skid row just east of the Jewelry district. I from New York do some of the urban grittiness in... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed downtown because we went to a clippers game. There wasn't much action. Some very pretty buildings. Tons of dog crap everywhere.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Downtown Historic distric is very similar to downtown miami, mostly office building other than the staple center and grammy's museum. it is still very nice to go see if you happen to be there

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

I visited downtown LA having already done Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Culver City and Santa Monica. They all had mostly good things - the 2 hours we spent in LA were jaw dropping. I am from London and am used to seeing rich and poor living side by side, streets that need cleaning, homeless people in doorways. But LA is shocking.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

If you visit the historic core of downtown LA, I'd suggest trying to see it both during the day as well as at night because it's two different experiences. During the day, there are so many wonderful buildings to see with very ornate architectural detail. At night, there is a lot of neon from old theaters that can't be missed.... More 

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Nootdorp, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

It's my second time in L.A. and this time i decided to visit this part. What a surprise. Downtown is full of interesting places, from the Town Hall to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Great buildings and great parks. A nice surprise.

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Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
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