POSTED: September 1st 2017
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[BRENDA DURAN] Downtown: A Reinvention worth visiting for the LA 2028 Olympic summer Games

Walt Disney Concert Hall is an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry and home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic © Bigstock
Walt Disney Concert Hall is an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry and home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic © Bigstock

The restored deco interior of Union Station has been seen in many films © Bigstock
The restored deco interior of Union Station has been seen in many films © Bigstock

Grand Central Market offers a myriad of cuisines under one roof © Bigstock
Grand Central Market offers a myriad of cuisines under one roof © Bigstock

BRENDA DURAN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) When most people think of downtown Los Angeles they think of skyscrapers, offices, textile markets and countless streets of discount clothing and jewelry stores. These days, downtown is working hard to boost that image and instead make itself a center full of art, food and culture with a lot more to offer than retail space.

By the time the Summer Olympics come along in 2028, there is no doubt downtown Los Angeles will be the premiere spot for great cuisine and community events to showcase the Games.

Some worthy sites to visit include a long list of museums such as the Broad, Marciano Art Foundation and the Institute for Contemporary Arts. There is also a lot of buzz around the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, set to open in Exposition Park in 2021. This development will bring a steady stream of tourists to the area.

These stand-out museums are in addition to a long list of murals and art studios that have been popping up in the last few years, which you can access just by walking around. While you are walking around, you can't miss other impressive cultural sites such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the famous Grand Central Market, where you can taste the multiple cultures of Los Angeles.

Some other notable stops: Union Station and Placita Olvera, the oldest section of Los Angeles where the city was first established. There are multiple vendors who offer a range of goods that make for good souvenirs.  

For most people who want to make downtown Los Angeles the center area of their visit, they can get excited about the selections in hotels in the area. There is the Standard Hotel with a stunning rooftop that will offer stellar views of the city while you sip on a cocktail. There is also the trendy Ace Hotel where you can also get a view along with a good in-house trendy restaurant where you can fuel up before hitting the streets.

What makes the downtown area so fun is the various pop-ups from farmer's markets to art showcases you can catch on any given Sunday.

If you are looking for some nature - downtown has some of that as well. For LA's version of a downtown park, head over to Grand Park at the foot of Bunker Hill for food trucks, music and various cultural events year-round.

For some off the beaten path activities, there is also the iconic Los Angeles River where you can now do kayak tours to explore some nature in the urban area of Los Angeles and see the skyscrapers from a different angle. Or you can try the OUE skyslide from the tallest air observation deck nearly 1,000 feet above the city in the iconic US Bank Tower after getting stunning views from the top of the building for your Instagram posts.

Downtown is a great place to get your visit started. It is not always recognized as the center of the city, but it is a great starting point to get to know the massive sprawling place known as Los Angeles.

**BRENDA DURAN has Over 10 years of documented success in writing within media and communication for leading publications, including: The North County Times, The Denver Post, PEOPLE, The Long Beach Press-Telegram, Us Weekly and Long Beach Magazine. Winner of more than a dozen national and regional writing awards for feature stories and breaking news. Expertise in strategic communications, social media and marketing. 


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