For someone who thrives being in the middle of the city, walking, and taking in the sights and sounds of a bustling urban center, there’s nothing quite like all that added on top of the holidays. Some people dread the holidays, but I love it. To me, I enjoy seeing all the buildings come alive by getting decked out in colorful lights and ornamentation. I love seeing Christmas trees spring up around office lobbies and outdoor spaces. Over the past several years, I’ve been noticing that Downtown LA is becoming more and more festive as our resident population continues to grow and a renewed sense of pride fills our city once again. Walk down almost any street, look up, and you’ll see Christmas trees abound glowing warmly inside living rooms or lights strung across balcony railings.
I used to feel utterly saddened that our downtown — the historic, geographic, and symbolic heart of Los Angeles — was abandoned and dead. It never helped when I would visit cities like New York or San Francisco and see those cities filled with life and decked out during the holidays. That is why I now feel so good every year when the holidays come around and I see Downtown LA transform into a beautiful glittering city of our own. To me, I view it as another sign that Downtown LA is now back and alive!
Please enjoy these photos taken by downtown resident Hunter Kerhart.