Los Angeles

Population

2010: 3,792,621, #2 in U.S., #1 in California

1950: 1,970,358, #4 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan area: 12,828,837, #2 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 4,367,911, #3 in U.S.

Setting

Los Angeles was founded on a coastal plain in Southern California in 1781, when California was owned by Spain.

Buildings

Tallest building: Wilshire Grand Center (2017), 1,100 feet, tallest building on the West Coast. 

List of tallest buildings

City Hall, 454 feet tall, has an observation deck on the 27th floor.

Stores

There is a Macy’s department store in Macy’s Plaza (formerly Broadway Plaza), which was one of the first enclosed downtown shopping malls in the U.S. when it opened in 1973.

Trains

Union Station (1939) has Amtrak trains going in several directions: the Coast Starlight goes north to Oakland, Portland and Seattle; the Pacific Surfliner goes south to San Diego and north to San Luis Obispo; the Sunset Limited goes east to Tucson, Houston and New Orleans; and the Southwest Chief goes east to Albuquerque, Kansas City, and Chicago.

Metrolink, which started in 1992, has seven suburban rail lines running from Union Station.

Los Angeles County Metro Rail has three light rail lines and two subway lines. The system started in 1990 with the Blue Line to Long Beach.

The Angels Flight is a funicular railway on downtown’s Bunker Hill. The original Angels Flight operated from 1901 to 1969. It was relocated and reopened in 1996, closed in 2001, and then opened again in March 2010.




 

 

 

 




Downtown Los Angeles

Museums

The Museum of Contemporary Art is located downtown.

Theaters

The L.A. Live Stadium 14 opened in 2009.  The Downtown Independent shows independent films.

A seven-block stretch of Broadway has the country’s largest concentration of old movie theaters. At last report, there were 12 of them still standing, including the Orpheum (1926), the Million Dollar (1918), and the Los Angeles (1931). The theaters are in various states of restoration and usage.

The Music Center (1964), with four theaters, hosts the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the  Los Angeles Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The Nokia Theatre (2007) is part of the L.A. Live entertainment complex. The Pantages Theater in Hollywood, northwest of downtown, presents touring musicals.

Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers play at Dodger Stadium (1962), just north of downtown. The NBA Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers and the NHL Los Angeles Kings play at the Staples Center (1999).

Map of Downtown Los Angeles

DowntownLA.com

Downtown Walking Tour