Downtown at Night, Los Angeles
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. !
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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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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!!
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.
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!
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.
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...