Is it sketchy as heck? Absolutely. Is there something beautiful & something disgusting on every corner? Definitely. Knowing this do I still continue to not only venture all the way downtown, but also spend entire days wishing I could live there? You got it dude.
Admittedly, downtown is not the place most people choose to go while in LA... But I'm not most people ;) Maybe it's the history of it all or maybe its the reminiscent (brief) New Yorker in me, but I just love love LOVE downtown LA.
Before I officially moved to LA, I spent a summer living in a friends apartment near USC, but I never really explored downtown (except for the accidental wrong turn and the late night taco cravings) and now I wish I had been more adventurous. But it was after moving to New York City for a short period in my life, that I began to not only love a life surrounded by tall buildings and strange people yelling at hotdog stands, but I could wholeheartedly picture my future in a place like that. However I can picture my future in a lot of different places, but that's one of the many reasons LA suites me so well right now. So whenever I get that NYC nostalgia and empty New York back-lot streets just won't cut it, I make my way downtown to do some exploring....
Next stop? Possibly my favorite place in all of LA. The one, the only, The Last Bookstore.
Last stop? Ice cream. To celebrate National Ice Cream day, duhhhhh!
Hope you liked this mini tour of an easy afternoon walk-able adventure!! Stay tuned for more mini tours of various neighborhoods all throughout LA!!! Click below for a map and more info on each of these three AWESOME places!!!!!