Welcome to Downtown LA
Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, as well as a diverse residential neighborhood of some 58,000 people. A 2013 study found that the district is home to over 500,000 jobs. It is also part of Central Los Angeles.
A heritage of the city’s founding in 1781, Downtown Los Angeles today is composed of different areas ranging from a fashion district to Skid Row. It is the hub for the city’s urban rail transit system and the Metrolink commuter rail system for Southern California.
Banks, department stores, and movie palaces at one time drew residents and visitors into the area, but the district declined economically and suffered a downturn for decades until its recent renaissance starting in the early 2000s. Old buildings are being modified for new uses, and skyscrapers have been built.
Downtown Los Angeles is known for its government buildings, parks, theaters, and other public places.
Parks and open space
Downtown Los Angeles is home to several public parks, plazas, gardens and other open space:
- Biddy Mason Park
- Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels meditation garden and olive garden (park)
- Grand Park
- La Placita Olvera
- Maguire Gardens
- Pershing Square
- Los Angeles City Hall South Lawn
- Los Angeles Police Department‘s Police Administration Building South Lawn
- Los Angeles State Historic Park
- Los Angeles Union Station gardens
- Walt Disney Concert Hall Community Park
- The Water Court at California Plaza, an outdoor performance and dining space with water features, fountains, shaded seating areas and an amphitheater.
- Japanese Garden and plaza at the Little Tokyo Cultural and Community Center Plaza
- Japanese Garden at the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens
- Garden at Bank of America Plaza
Several future park proposals for the district make use of public-private partnerships between developers and the city of Los Angeles, including a public park at the proposed Nikkei Center development in Little Tokyo; a 1-acre (4,000 m2) park at the Medallion development in the Historic Core; and a pocket parkat the Wilshire Grand Hotel replacement project, currently under construction.
Additionally, the city recently completed a new park located on the 400 block of South Spring Street in the Historic Core neighborhood.
Despite its relative decentralization and comparatively new high-rises (until 1958, the city did not permit any structures taller than the 27-story City Hall building ), Los Angeles has one of the largest skylines in the United States, and its development has continued in recent years.
The skyline has seen rapid growth due to improvements in seismic design standards, which has made certain building types highly earthquake-resistant. Many of the new skyscrapers contain a housing or hotel component.
Some current and upcoming examples of skyscraper construction include:
- 705 Ninth Street, a 35-story residential tower, was completed in 2009.
- 717 Olympic, a 26-story residential tower, was completed in mid-2008.
- 888 Olive, a 32-story apartment tower by Vancouver-based Omni Group, opened in 2015.
- Concerto, a 28-story residential tower, was completed in early 2009. A second phase (Tower II) is currently under construction.
- The Grand Avenue Project, designed by architect Frank Gehry, is a multi-phase project on four parcels and will include a 39-story hotel tower at the corner of First Street and Grand Avenue and a civic park. The project has been delayed due to funding issues but is now back on track and progressing.
- L.A. Live, a multi-phased dining, entertainment and hotel development that includes a Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Hotel hybrid as well as Ritz-Carlton-branded condominiums, was completed in February, 2010.
- Marriott International completed a 24-story Courtyard and Residence Inn tower near L.A. Live, which opened in July 2014, and plans to build a 20+ story Renaissance hotel to open in 2016.
- Metropolis, a mixed-use four-tower project (60, 50, 38, and 19 stories) at Francisco and Ninth streets, is currently under construction.
- South, a three-tower complex called Elleven, Luma, and Evo, spans the block from 11th Street and Grand Avenue to 12th Street and Grand Avenue, and was completed in phases ending in early 2009.
- The Wilshire Grand Tower redevelopment, a 900-room hotel and office project built in 2017, is the tallest tower west of the Mississippi River, at 1,100 feet (340 m).
- Figueroa Centre, a 975-foot residential and hotel tower proposed across from The Original Pantry restaurant on the Figueroa Corridor. The tower proposed will become the third tallest building in Los Angeles when completed.
- Angels Landing, a proposed super tall tower at 1020 ft. Currently in the funding stage. Approved by the city council in 2017.
Downtown residents aged 25 and older holding a four-year degree amounted to 17.9% of the population in 2000, about average in the city and the county, but there was a high percentage of residents with less than a high school diploma.
These are the elementary or secondary schools within the neighborhood’s boundaries:
- Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, LAUSD high school, 450 N. Grand Ave.
- Downtown Business High School, LAUSD alternative, 1081 W. Temple St.
- California Academy for Liberal Studies Early College High School, LAUSD charter, 700 Wilshire Blvd.
- Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School, LAUSD charter, 644 W. 17th St.
- Abram Friedman Occupational School, LAUSD adult education, 1646 S. Olive St.
- Metropolitan Continuation School, LAUSD, 727 S. Wilson St.
- Para Los Ninos Middle School, LAUSD charter, 1617 E. Seventh St.
- Jardin de la Infancia, LAUSD charter elementary, 307 E. Seventh St.
- Saint Malachy Catholic Elementary School, private, 1200 E. 81st St.
- Tri-C Community Day School, LAUSD, 716 E. 14th St.
- City of Angels School, LAUSD alternative school, 1449 S. San Pedro St. (formerly Central High School)
- San Pedro Street Elementary School, LAUSD, 1635 S. San Pedro St.
- Saint Turibius Elementary School, private, 1524 Essex St.
- American University Preparatory School, private, 345 S. Figueroa St.
Dignity Health-California Hospital Medical Center is located in the South Park district of Downtown LA at 1401 S. Grand Ave. The 318-bed community hospital has been providing high-quality care to residents of the district and its neighboring communities for over 126 years. Dignity Health-California Hospital Medical Center is known for its wide range of medical services, from women’s health and maternal child to orthopedics and cardiology. The hospital also operates the only Level II Trauma Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and its emergency room treats over 70,000 patients each year. The hospital’s neighbors include Staples Center, L.A. Live, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and the Fashion District.