Downtown Los Angeles is currently undergoing a renaissance. Economic downturn rendered it an undesirable place to live, work, or play for decades, but resurgent businesses, investment from the city's elite, the renovation of old buildings, and Metro expansion have breathed new life into LA's historic center and chief business district.
Roughly 200,000 people pass through Downtown Los Angeles on a daily basis, primarily for work, but also to avail themselves of the area's up-and-coming restaurant/bar scene. The Staples Center and its LA Live complex are frequently mobbed with sports fans or concert-goers. Much of Los Angeles
lacks a distinctly urban feel, but Downtown LA does not. Its collection of 'skyscrapers' (a relative term) is smaller by metropolis standards, but visibly towers over the rest of LA's flat, sprawling neighborhoods. Other architectural highlights include the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Residents have prime access to public transit, as Downtown Los Angeles is the hub of the LA City Metro; actually, car ownership can often require a sizable monthly fee for dedicated parking. Grocery stores and other suburban comforts are limited, but bargain shopping is abound. Downtown is also home to City Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Grand Park. Primary arteries: the 101, 110, 10, and 5 freeways.