The Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles is one of the hottest neighborhoods in L.A. From the area’s beginnings as Jean-Louis Vigne’s vineyard to an orchard growing mostly oranges and grapefruit, by the late 1800s it became an industrial center for railroads and manufacturing. Eventually, the railroads gave way to the trucking industry and industry moved to other L.A. County areas like Commerce in order to build larger buildings to accommodate their growing businesses.
In the 1970s, artists braved dangerous conditions and began to occupy the area’s dilapidated buildings, having been priced out of areas such as Venice and Hollywood. Eventually, they opened art galleries and began to develop these buildings themselves, thereby preserving a big part of L.A.’s industrial history.
The area again underwent another downturn in the 1990s before being saved by Joel Bloom and his supporters, who officially renamed the area the “Arts District.” Today, it is home to many creatives, including those in green technology, architecture and entertainment. Read on for a visual walking tour of this burgeoning urban oasis.
Located 10 minutes north of Downtown L.A. lies beautiful Pasadena, home of the Rose Bowl and wide, tree-lined residential streets with Arts & Crafts-style architecture. Visit one of its many museums, art and music venues, including the Norton Simon Museum and the Pasadena Museum of History. Stroll through Old Town Pasadena with its upscale boutiques, pubs and cafes. Tour the Eaton Canyon Nature Center and catch a show at the Pasadena Playhouse, the state theatre of California.
Located in the heart of Los Angeles and world-renowned as the flagship scity of luxury and prestige, Beverly Hills is a wonder to visit. Stroll along famous, cobblestoned Rodeo Drive with its premier designer boutiques. Catch a photo opp in the Beverly Gardens Park and hop on the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour. Dine in five-star restuarants such as CUT, Spago ad Scarpetta before finishing off your night with a performance at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.