How downtown Los Angeles has changed in the 30 plus years I have lived in LA! It used to be that you did not want to be downtown on weekends or after dark, as once the businesses closed, it largely became a ghost town, with a very dangerous and seedy element, except for a small section around Wilshire Blvd.
Hardly anyone lived in residences in the downtown area. With the development of the Staples Center and the LA Live entertainment center, new hotels and residential complexes started sprouting in the area. Some old buildings were demolished to be replaced with beautiful new high rise residential buildings. Other old buildings were restored and given a modern facelift. It has become a hot and trendy area to live and not an inexpensive place to live.
There are a lot more theaters, restaurants, museums and it has become an entertaining place to spend a weekend. We stayed right next to LA Live, in the center of it all for the weekend. We walked everywhere, saw a march protesting the fact that Trump has still not released his taxes, had good food, and just loved our weekend in downtown.