Downtown Los Angeles is booming—and not just because more than 40 new high-rise buildings are under construction.

The flourishing city center has become a growth hub for culture. New art galleries, restaurants, and performance venues are beginning to attract a larger share of the area’s 45.5 million annual visitors. Easily accessible from both LAX and Hollywood’s Burbank Airport, DTLA is now becoming an ideal destination for conferences, meetings, and events of all sizes.

 

Rapid Urbanization

While Downtown LA saw massive business and transit growth before WWII, it hollowed out quickly primarily due to suburbanization. Fast forward to today, there hasn’t been this much construction in Downtown LA since the Roaring Twenties. The residential population has followed, tripling since 1999 to 60,000 people. GQ Magazine recently dubbed this neighborhood as “America’s Next Great City.”

 

Burgeoning Accommodation Options

There are more than 8,000 rooms already available in the heart of the LA, but the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board reports that ten new hotels will open downtown by 2020. Hotel options currently range from luxury suites at the Intercontinental Downtown LA to hip boutique rooms at the Ace Hotel, as well as more affordable options at the Freehand Hotel. Meeting planners who are looking to secure room blocks for their diverse set of attendees should have plenty of price points to choose from.

 

Arts & Culture at Every Corner

More than just a hub for hotels and event venues, the area has recently emerged as one the city’s hottest homes for artists and gallery owners.

Gallery Row was designated an official downtown district in 2003, and has now grown to include more than 50 galleries, theaters and public art spaces stretching along South Spring Street, West Sixth Street, and South Broadway. Walk Scores in Downtown LA have never been better, so when attendees have the opportunity to walk through Downtown’s 8.6-square-mile neighborhood, they will also be able experience the Fashion District, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, a Korean area, a Mexican Town, Union Station, and another robust arts district along Bunker Hill, which is home to the Broad Museum.

The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, a nonprofit organization formed to support the mission of the district. A self-guided art walk is held on the second Thursday of every month, and is quickly becoming a popular event with local residents, workers, and area visitors.

 

Culinary Experiences

From working lunches and client dinners to post-work cocktails, Downtown LA has something that caters to every discerning professional and palate. In fact, the area has so many noteworthy restaurants that food and restaurant blog Eater had to split downtown into two sections just to include all the top eateries in their 2017 Essential Guide to Downtown Los Angeles Restaurants.

Local icon The Original Pantry has been cooking up steaks and flapjacks since 1924, while the expansive, open-view Bottega Louie offers more upscale breakfast and pastry options nearby. Wolfgang Puck recently opened a Chinese fusion restaurant in the area, and the Arts District has everyone talking about award-winning Italian restaurant Bestia. Everything from five-star, upscale dining to buzzed-about international street food can be found just steps from the many offices flanking the Downtown LA skyline.

 

Easy Transportation Options

There are at least 40 different major government, civic and business functions that are all within walking distance in Downtown LA, along with endless amounts of retail stores, coffee shops, diners, taverns, parks, and murals connecting them all.

While many associate LA with achingly long traffic jams, the city has vastly expanded its light rail and the DASH bus line services to help visitors get around more effectively. The 7th Street Metro Center is now a central hub for rail and bus services that connects downtown with the rest of the city, as well as a variety of popular tourist destinations. The LAMOBILE app is available for rates, interactive maps and fare payment.

The MyFigueroa—or MyFig—project also recently added more than $20 million of bike and pedestrian improvements downtown. Protected bike lanes and wider sidewalks were implemented in areas to improve safety along Figueroa Street. The investment is part of the city’s larger Mobility Plan 2035, which aims to improve walkability in the city and public transit options throughout the region.

 

The Newest Place to Host a Better Meeting

The city of Los Angeles and major developers around the world have already invested billions of dollars into new hotels, multi-use buildings, restaurants, galleries, and public transit options downtown. DTLA is quickly becoming a successful revitalization model for other global cities to learn from.

The growing need in LA for hospitality-first, technology-centric meeting spaces as well as more private flexible workspace options that can cater to corporate teams and groups from 10 to 250 people is too important to ignore. That’s why Convene is pleased to announce that we we offer two premium meeting and event venues in the heart of heart of DTLA’s thriving business, arts, and residential community. Located at the Wells Fargo Center at 333 South Grand and the 777 Tower at 777 South Figueroa, we’re partnering with Brookfield to design better places (and not just spaces) that integrate life and work needs into the next generation of office buildings in the West Coast.

Together with Brookfield and our local engagement teams, we’re very excited to change the way Downtown LA meets and works through elevated levels of service, comfort and experiences within our “industrial chic” environments.

 

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