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Downtown: the modern heart of Los Angeles

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More than a business district, Downtown is spiked with gleaming towers. It is the very definition of the urban epicentre, housing the government of Los Angeles County and most institutions.

The Downtown's sulphurous past has gradually died down, ushering in an era of renewal. The rather successful compromise between residential buildings, office towers, and entertainment venues has made a home for a mosaic of cultures and mestizo populations.

Downtown is proud of its Latino roots, which are remarkably preserved on Olvera Street. This is where Spanish missionaries built the original town, Pueblo, in 1781. This futuristic city, designed by top contemporary architects, is full of art galleries, concert halls, bars, and shops.

You'll also find Little Tokyo, L.A. Live, the Fashion District, and Chinatown not to mention the Staples Center, whose inauguration in 1999 was a sign of the powerful renaissance experienced in this part of the city.

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