Downtown at Night, Los Angeles

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    Be Aware of South L.A. (but not so scared away) !

    by marinarena Updated Mar 26, 2005

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    Many will write off going south in the city of L.A. They do have good reason for this. If you find yourself in South Los Angeles (and Southeast LA), please have extra caution. Parts of this area are increasingly vulnerable to street crimes. Unfortunately, gang activity, pollution and the poorer quality of public services are plaguing communities here.

    Other comunities in the general southern area include Watts, Willowbrook, Florence, Vernon, Huntington Park (a world of difference of this and Huntington Beach!) and a few others. The latter four are officially not part of the city/community of Los Angeles but are often thrown in the L.A. mix!

    Overall, I recommend to avoid the area at night when generally most crime usually happens. This area is not suitable for lodging for an outsider (mostly there are motels here).

    Basically, unless you are a local in this area or happen to be visiting someone here, don't even stay here-especially at night.

    There are a few landmarks worth nothing in the area, like Watts Towers. They are visible on the Metro Blue Line which heads from the eventually posh and poor downtown L.A. (The towers are near the Kenneth Hahn stop). In addition, the campus of USCmay draw a tourist or a local outsider to the south. Also, both Exposition Park and Leimert Park where the annual African Marketplace has taken place, gets visitors.

    Believe me, passing through South LA on the Metro is fine (and safe) enough to experience the southern parts of L.A. !

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    Down town LA

    by marora99 Written Dec 10, 2004

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    Don't walk around Downtown los angeles at night on your own. Try to avoid going to south center la, east la, and compton at all. I am an LA native and would never want to set foot in these three neighborhoods

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  • Downtown Los Angeles

    by kent101520 Written Aug 2, 2004

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    Well, I just visited Los Angeles and stayed downtown. I was very suprised at how populated it is during the weekdays from 8am-5pm, and then how quickly it become deserted after 5 or on the weekends. My advice if you are a tourist, go to theme parks during the weekends, and then during the weekdays do whatever you want downtown. The worst part about the nightlife downtown after 5 is that all of the homeless people come out; I'm not kidding, I saw like 4 or 5 of them. Overall, don't let these other reviews scare you, as long as your don't rome the streets alone at night, which probably wont happen, you won't have any problem at all in L.A. A second piece of advice, LA is not like NY or DC where you can walk, tourist attracts are spread out and you must rent a car, my advice, rent one from LAX.

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  • About Crime in Los Angeles

    by Kevin4601 Updated Jul 17, 2004

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    Most area in Los Angeles are safe but have some dangerous area, bad neigborhood. I let you know that must stay away from South Los Angeles, Compton, Inglewood, Lynwood and North Long Beach. East Los Angeles are okay to visit huge Mexican/Latino culture but never go there at night same as in Downtown too. Don't be too nervous and afraid to visit Los Angeles. You will fine whole time in your life. You can drive across freeway 110 and 710 to Long Beach. No one need worry about shooting in car.

    God said be cheer and happy for go to Los Angeles.

    Have great day...

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    Downtown

    by clayuk Written Feb 10, 2004

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    We got lost coming back from the Staples Center. Ended up on a very dodgy street in Downtown LA. The pavement was covered with Tents only about 5mins away from Staples. We where informed that a lot of carjacking goes on around that area and four German tourist's shot dead the week before.

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    Downtown at Night

    by blaird Updated Jul 18, 2003

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    For me, downtown LA is not really the place to be at night. During the week it is a ghost town, with most shops closing up around 6PM and the majority of people fleeing the city for surrounding areas. More recently, there has been a lot of condo and apartment conversions or building. Hopefully, that will rejuvenate the nights in LA.

    There are many parts of the city that are a little seedy, especially at night, so just be careful.

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    I heard it was dangerous the...

    by Shizuka Written Aug 26, 2002

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    I heard it was dangerous the way from downtown to Little Tokyo. In fact when we passed by car, our behind person was staring us all the time during our waiting for red signal. I was frozen at that time.

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    Like any big city, L.A. has...

    by Turnkey Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Like any big city, L.A. has its own (gasp!) crime problems. It's not all Disneyland. If it looks dangerous, it probably is. Don't park your car anywhere you feel uncomfortable leaving it. And stay in populated, well-lit areas at night.

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    ****THERE HAS BEEN A WARNING...

    by Toade Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    ****THERE HAS BEEN A WARNING ISSUED BY THE CALIFORNIA STATE GOVERNMENT, AS WELL AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ABOUT POSSIBLE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UNTIL NOVEMBER 10****

    Certain bridges have been designated as possible terrorist attacks -- San Francisco, San Diego, and LA. Please be very careful if you are travelling to LA in the next 10 days.

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  • In 1990 there was and horrible...

    by jlvillalba Written Aug 25, 2002

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    In 1990 there was and horrible clashes in there.
    The city hall was taken by the criminals... and this area is not recommended to be after 7pm....i am s-e-r-i-o-u-s...
    I also I walked to the Greyhound station for continuing my trip to Phoenix....i saw lot of strange people...very rare...and no police patroling.
    A person of the area escorted me until station and told me later he was a police...I WAS LUCKY!!

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    This is a dangerous city....

    by jenna24 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This is a dangerous city. please be aware of your surroundings. If you rent a car take a detailed map of where you are going. Frankly it is my suggestion you spend the money and take a taxi when you have to find something.

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  • Downtown is great for...

    by moor0378 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Downtown is great for shopping, but it's best to get out of there before it gets dark. It can be dangerous!!
    Also, many maps of the city do not include all the streets. It may seem that your destination is only a few blocks away, when it is actually miles away!

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    I think is worth to mention...

    by axmor Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I think is worth to mention that at night when visiting the Mann's Chinese Theatre, do not spend more than 20 minutes. You will notice right away that the place is not good. Be very careful with your belongings. If there are no gangs, you are lucky. I was advised not to visit the Chinese theatre at night, I should've listened.
    At daylight it's OK.

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  • Stay away from Downtown after...

    by Danynla Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Stay away from Downtown after sunset.
    Same is applicable for most beaches (especially Venice and Santa Monica). When the crowd goes home, the homeless and junkies remain in those areas. You don't want to mess with those folks...

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    Dec 20, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    I don't live in LA I will be going back for the 2nd time in Jan after being here last march, and of course being from a small town I had my worries, i only have about 5000 people in my town so safe to say it's quite the diferance compared to LA. I am From Montreal, Canada so it wasn't a huge shock of course since Montreal is a big city. But my big concern was gangs and safe areas. Well for those who are going for the first time let me tell you that LA is an amazing city with so much to do and not at any point did I feel like I was in danger. Believe me when I say you will know when you have entered a bad area or when you are near by because some parts of LA are really rundown, it's quite simple just stay away, stick to the touristy spots, for you sports fans LA live is an amazing experience! Now with that said of course be aware of your surroundings and dont flaunt expensive gear everywhere you go. Every fear you have about LA will go away after your first day there, it'safe, it's so easy to get around by car of course, yes their is some bad drivers, but so does every big city. So stop worrying, enjoy your vacation and I promise you will have a good time and you will completely change your mindset after one day of being in that great city

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