City Center Rocks Los Angeles

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What was once only a dream not too long ago is now reshaping downtown Los Angeles–culturally, physically, musically, economically, and communally.

On May 15th, 2002, the LA City Council established the City Center Redevelopment Project Area, and with each new building completed, it’s becoming a major destination point for entertainment, sports, industry, hotel, office, music, television, recording arts and sciences, and commerce for greater Los Angeles.

The 879 acre City Center Project incorporates three major sub-areas within the downtown Los Angeles area:  the Historic Downtown, South Park, and the City Markets

The City Center is just one part of a multi-faceted master plan to revitalize, redevelop, and reclaim the vibrancy of Los Angeles’ urban landscape and life.

In fact, the downtown Los Angeles grand plan not only includes the City Center, but also Bunker Hill, Central Business District, Central Industrial, Chinatown, Council District 9 Corridors, and Little Tokyo areas, for a total of 5474 acres.

5,474 acres? That’s a lot of real estate!

Part of the City Center Project, the Staples Center Arena plays host to about 250 events per year, with at least 4,000,000 attendees.

It’s currently the home of two NBA teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers, and the National Hockey League team, the Los Angeles Kings.

Next to the Staples Center is the Los Angeles Convention Center, one of the largest convention centers in the United States with over 720,000 sq ft of exhibition space, 147,000 sq ft of meeting space, and a 299 seat theater.

I determined just how large it was after walking around for awhile.

Across the street from both the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center is the newest addition to these few city blocks:

LA Live

The Nokia Theatre, an indoor venue, was the first part of LA Live to be completed.

Below is the Nokia Plaza, a 40,000-square-foot open-air plaza, which serves as the main core for L.A. Live, which recently hosted LA’s Earth Hour.

An additional part of the total complex which was recently completed is the ESPN studios, which officially opened on April 6th, 2009.

Around the corner is the Grammy Museum–which specializes in Grammy history.

The Grammy Walk of Fame is located on the sidewalks surrounding the building.

Under construction is the 54–story, 1,001 room Ritz-Carlton two-hotel hybrid, directly north of the Staples Center.

Being an advocate of Mass Transit, I took the Metro Rapid 728 bus both ways today.

It was smooth sailing.

My visit still has more to tell, but I thoroughly enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Staples Center and LA Live, and can’t wait to go back to watch an upcoming concert and Lakers Game.

Until then, I’ll be smiling knowing how many more years of fun I’ll be having while Travelin’ Local, and bringing my slice of paradise in Southern California to the wider world.

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13 comments to City Center Rocks Los Angeles

  • Thanks for the tour; downtown LA is changing so much I can barely recognize it. Glad to hear the metro rapid bus worked out for you. I don’t think driving and parking there would be much fun.

    Diane C.’s last blog post..Skywatch Friday - Clouds

  • I remember when the only thing there was the Staples Center and the parking lot, which wasn’t too long ago. The Grammy Museum and the Nokia Theater look very cool. Thanks, Lisa!

  • I feel it’s vital for cities to fix, redo, renovate, modernize, and reshape, as you say, their downtowns. NYC did it years ago, so did San Diego. People enjoy the convenience and history of downtowns; I do, at least.


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  • I would definitely LOVE to check out all those, the Nokia Center intrigues me most. And I know my young daughter would be fascinated too, she has my explorer’s spirit.

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  • LisaNewton

    @ Diane C. You’re so right about the driving and the parking. No where could I have parked for less than $7.00 while, because I have an annual bus pass, the Metro was basically free.

    @ David You’re welcome. I’m looking forward to going down for a concert. I don’t know which one yet, but it will be fun.

    @ Mike Foster I totally agree, and I look forward to LA’s growth and development. For cities to thrive, they must survive.

    @ Jannie Funster It was pretty cool, with large screen TVs all over the place. I can just imagine what an outdoor concert would look like.

  • My only visit to LA was about poverty and falling down schools and heat. I was so hot the whole trip….Of course I have movie images of the city in my head and news stories. It was lovely to see your view of the changes and the re visioning of the city and how it is coming together.
    I might want to visit again - maybe in the winter!

    Thank you

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  • LisaNewton

    @ Patricia LA has its problems just like any other city, but work is being done to try to solve those issues. And I due admit that summers here can be very hot, but after experiencing many summers on the East Coast, where hot and humid create a climate of sweating the minute you walk out the door, LA’s summers don’t seem so bad.

    If you come and visit, please be sure to drop me a line. I’d love to have lunch………………..:)

  • Thank you for the guided tour!
    I liked it - looking forward to seeing more pictures accompanied with your guidance ;)
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  • It’s neat to see the images of the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center. The last time I was in the convention center was in the late 1970’s for Auto Expo, the place sure has changed. Is the old Los Angeles Forum still used or has it been torn down? I used to watch Lakers and Kings games there years ago as well as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and all the other big bands of the era. Brings back lots of memories.

    Thanks for posting!

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  • Thanks for the images. Its been a while since I was in downtown and it did change quite a bit. I will definitely check it out on my next trip down.

    carla’s last blog post..Giveaway: Skinny Skinny Organic Soap and Body Oils

  • You do really seem to like it there and you have made me feel much more comfortable about possibly visiting someday. :)
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  • LisaNewton

    @ Alik Levin You’re very welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour. There’s a lot to see.

    @ Kevin I haven’t been to the Forum yet, but it’s now owned by a church which uses it for its Sunday services. The Lakers and Kings used it until they moved to the Staples Center. It’s interesting how buildings used for one thing in the past now serve a totally different purpose.

    @ Carla The more I’m downtown, the more I like the seeing the streets, the people, the movement, and the activities. So many stories………….:)

    @ Lisa’s Chaos I do love it here. I haven’t even touched on so many things, but I will. My calendar is filling up quickly.

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