Downtown Los Angles becoming a Great Place to Call Home

Downtown Los Angeles is an amazing collection of architecture; it has lots of eye-candy for those who appreciate stately buildings. Downtown has enjoyed a renaissance to become a clean, safe, comfortable place to wander and relax. It is becoming a fashionable district for young professionals who appreciate city life and prefer not to partake in the suburban-style living that makes-up most of this large, spread-out city. With its continuing improvements and increasing residential population it seems to be on its way to becoming a unique urban centre where people live, work, and play.

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Gorgeous buildings abound throughout Downtown Los Angeles.

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This parking garage has been given a fun, colourful treatment.

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This is a 3D relief painting.

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Toy town borders little Tokyo.

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The displays in Little Tokyo did not remind me in the slightest of Big Tokyo in Japan. These Roman Catholic decorations show the Latin-America flavour that now dominates the neighbourhood.

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These pinatas are also not typically Japanese.

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I noticed many signs with phone numbers so that location scouts could easily contact for possible filming.

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Imagine. A MILLION DOLLAR building. Must have been quite a while ago.

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Beautiful art-deco Union Station was built in 1939 and has been featured in a number of films.

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According to a local, this gorgeous square was a stinking mess of bathroom deposits only a few years ago. Downtown Los Angeles is truly not the city that people remember, it has cleaned-up and come into it’s own.

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I quite enjoyed my week in LA. It could be that my negative stereotypes of the city made me easily impressed as the city proved my preconceptions out of date and incorrect. I would happily suggest adding Los Angeles to a USA travel itinerary and I had not anticipated that would be my finding. The cover of this book needs updating to match it’s current truth.

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Bangalore – Photos with Narration – Downtown Sights

I did not have a brilliant week in Bangalore. However, the streets and sights are most interesting.

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20130219-152600.jpgElaborate temples fill nooks and crannies throughout the streets.

20130219-152716.jpgHere you can see how the temple blends into the landscape.

20130219-152814.jpgI tried to explain to her that frowning uses more muscles and actually takes more effort than smiling. Clearly she does not have extra calories to waste on frowning. But she didn’t speak English and just wondered why this lunatic foreigner was speaking to her. But you can see her child-like joy here after I gave her some money to take her photo. Heart-warming.

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20130219-153524.jpgA portable shrine moving through the streets on Sunday morning. I have a video of this too.

20130219-153637.jpgIndia has a lot of people. Streets tend to be busy.

20130219-153806.jpgIt was not at all apparent what this equipment was hoping to accomplish on this narrow lane. Was is dropped in by helicopter? Has it been abandoned?

20130219-154026.jpgWhatever the case, it certainly works as a traffic-block.

20130219-154138.jpgA neighborhood wedding. The colors are made of flowers and yarn.

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20130219-154329.jpgMy favourite sign. Useless, but great to see.

20130219-154431.jpgSomeone missed the sign. Or they decided not to complain instead.

20130219-154531.jpgA cow having lunch. The holy animals of India enjoy a constant buffet of plastics mixed with rotting compost.

20130219-154722.jpgI love this home, it’s kind-of magical in its dilapidation, it looks as if from a movie.

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20130219-155001.jpgPretty colourful!

20130219-155334.jpgI love street art. This is in a park.

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20130219-155927.jpg“Do not sit or walk on the grass.”

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20130219-160200.jpgIs this like a “no u-turn” sign? Is it okay to urinate everywhere else?

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20130219-160334.jpgSo this is convenient, but what about the girls?

20130219-160447.jpgYou can buy your child happiness in India. Isn’t that wonderful!

20130219-160601.jpgSad to need to be on a sign.

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20130219-160931.jpgIt seems like the wording on this sign is too specific.

20130219-161051.jpgMy room in Bangalore. It’s much dirtier than it looks.

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20130219-161437.jpgI just took this photo in the coffee shop where I have been working on this blog.

20130219-205159.jpgIt’s a kitty! On a sidewalk! (I know, doesn’t look like one!)

20130219-205446.jpgThe main commercial strip of Brigade Road.

20130219-205550.jpgSome drunken optimist came up with this road sign!

20130219-205700.jpgThe choice of Indian Monks.

20130219-205757.jpgThere are some amazing trees on Bangalore. You will see them prominently in my “wires” posting.

20130219-210011.jpgFantastic traffic barricade!

20130219-210104.jpgStray dogs are everywhere and they all seem really friendly.

20130219-210212.jpgHis ears, being equal, look intentional.

20130219-210326.jpgThey sleep in the oddest places, this was a really busy spot of sidewalk in the main commercial zone.

20130219-210508.jpgThis was on a pole at a construction site.

20130219-210608.jpgI didn’t see the middle-class suburbs, but this downtown construction clearly is. These are condos.

20130219-210737.jpgI wonder if an entire guitar was originally attached to this tree?

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