Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Broad and walking downtown L.A.

On a recent visit to Los Angeles I walked around downtown and was very impressed with the rapid pace of change for the better. There are new office and residential buildings, coffee shops, restaurants, bars and the area is much cleaner and safer than it used to be. Lots of young people are living and working downtown, contributing to its vibrancy.

Of course downtown is very transit accessible and the public transportation options keep improving. I exited the Red/Purple Line Civic Center/Grand Park Metro station and started my walk at Grand Park to L.A. City Hall, then made my way up to Wall Disney Concert Hall and then to the brand new The Broad, a contemporary art museum.

The museum, which opened September 20, 2015, is named after philanthropist Eli Broad, who financed the $140 million building which houses the Broad art collections. The building is designed by architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro and structural engineering firm Leslie E. Robertson Associates.

I had a vegan muffin and coffee at the plaza next to the museum and then walked to Union Station, where I was pleasantly surprised to find a group of pre-Columbian indigenous dancers at Los Angeles Plaza Historic District.

Here are more pictures of The Broad and downtown L.A.

Walking downtown L.A.

The Broad:

The Broad

Civic Center/Grand Park Metro station:

L.A. Metro Civic Center/Grand Park Station