Judging the "Old Town"
Just steps away from the popular waterfront is old town San San Pedro. Here, one sees that not so touristy parts- blocks of very shabby buildings, mom and pop stores and restaurants/bars. If you would like to experience the real SP, come have a look around.
It is commonly said that the old downtown part of a city has "charm". Well, there is a bit of it here. The charm comes from the heart of the locals and what they add to downtown institutions. Old San Pedro is not as picturesque as other old towns, like that of the city of Orange's old town area which is the heart of the entire Orange county.
SP's old town is just simple and modest, period. The city (like many others in greater L.A.) is under urban renewal. Attractive "old style" new lofts are being developed here out of an old bank building. (hopefully, they won't cost a fortune like the ones in downtown Los Angeles). Streets are slowly being cleaned up (in all senses). San Pedro still has a long way to go in its beautification plans. Overall, old town is on the drab side, with just a few eye-pleasing buildings literally here and there.
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