After capturing content in Hollywood, I made my way east to downtown Los Angeles! A few members of the Cyclomedia U.S. team were in town attending the Los Angeles, GIS Day, so I took some time to meet up with the team. While they were hard at work, I snuck away and checked out the surrounding area near City Hall, known as the Historic District. While the gloomy and rainy weather put a slight damper on sightseeing, it did not take away from my opportunity to drive around such a famous city.
My impression of L.A has steadily grown in fondness in the last few days. Did you know that in the last 13 years downtown L.A. has seen somewhat of a renaissance? It seems that in the late 1990’s the city passed what is known as an adaptive reuse ordinance allowing the conversion of old buildings into renovated lofts. This is something that the “Angelinos” were very proud of and shared with us -- the re-habitation of previously abandoned buildings in an isolated area that was almost non-existent to the rest of the city. Many of the building were built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, which as you know is quite old for the West. Apparently this area was uninhabited, the buildings abandoned and the streets dangerous during the 1980s. “Downtown was dead then.” Now, it is a hip and politically thriving community. The choices of restaurants in the downtown area were pretty awesome. I grabbed dinner in Japan town at Daikokuya Noodle Café and had a gigantic bowl of Ramen noodle soup. YUM and so perfect for the weather.
West of the Historic District is the Financial District and Bunker Hill. I loved driving the hills near Bunker Hill and the 2nd Street tunnel - apparently locations often seen in American commercials. Angel Flight, "The World's Shortest Railway", located at the bottom of the hill is an awesome tiny train that connects the two areas.
It was a long day for me, so I’m heading to bed. I still have a few more days in Los Angeles, so expect another “L.A. Story” soon. Ha-ha