By Will Whitted | March 1, 2018
For years Los Angelenos did not have a central gathering place in L.A. to convene. San Diego has the Gas Lamp district. New York has Times Square. Even my hometown of Columbus Ohio has the Arena district so what’s wrong with L.A?! Sure there are a few suburban cities such as Santa Monica, Pasadena, Southbay and Beverly Hills that have smaller neighborhoodish events that you might only know about if you live in the area, but L.A. desperately needed a rendezvous point.
In 2009, AEG came to the rescue and developed a shiny new entertainment complex adjacent to the Staples Center which is located in the heart of downtown’s fastest growing neighborhoods – South Park. Finally our prayers had been answered.
Inside this futuristic dwelling place is the headquarters of ESPN where you can catch your favorite Sports icon from Oscar de la Hoya to Magic Johnson leaving the broadcast booth to relax and grab a bite to eat in one of the many upscale restaurants such as Katsuya or Wolfgang Puck before heading home. For those seeking nightlife there is the Conga Room on the second floor and Lucky Strikes bowling alley.
The interior of L.A. Live is centered by Microsoft Square which consists of multiple jumbo tv screens where fans can watch games, ice skate around an 50 foot grandiose Christmas tree in the winter or partake in DTLA’s dark nights where local vendors come with an array of Art, Music, Games and other festivities not to mention a $5 menu from all the surrounding restaurants.
L.A. live was the answer we needed in downtown. Not only did it give a pulse to the community, it also spearheaded a residential influx at a rate we have never seen before. It’s so nice to have a place to hang out in downtown once the lakers game lets out.
Will Whitted is a real estate agent at Keller Williams Realty Downtown Los Angeles, and a member of the DTLA Sales and Leasing Division. For more information about leasing, buying, selling or investing in the Downtown LA area contact this division.