Los Angeles is a very diverse city, where everyone will find something of one`s own. There is one very famous place- the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. It is a home for artists and other individuals, who create eternally changing open-air art exhibitions. Everything is saturated with the style loft here: houses, streets and cafes. And it is not for nothing, because it is an industrial area, diluted with residential houses.
Loft is a special design of the dwelling. It is a number of rooms converted for housing from abandoned factories or other buildings for industrial use. The word “loft” means “attic”. In the United States, it is also used to call the upper floor of a shop or a warehouse. However, the style itself may be present virtually in any room.
Jean-Louis Vignes began the history of this area. In the 1831, he moved there from France and began the cultivation of grape. At the beginning of the 20th century, the grape was replaced by orange and grape-fruit trees. There is still one grapefruit tree at the intersection of San Pedro Street and Azusa as a witness of the farm origin of currently industrial Los Angeles. Generally, there are few trees and cacti in this district. Therefore, its residents decorate their houses with various flowers and other plants.
During the Second World War, this area became industrial. Warehouses, factories were built there, workers settled down there. In 60-70s, the first painters discovered this district, using numerous abandoned warehouses for their studios and exhibition halls. In 1981, the administrative board of the city promulgated “Artist in Residence” low, which allowed artists to legally work in the district, leaving traces of their talent on the walls of industrial buildings. Graffiti on the walls of houses in the Arts District has attracted not only artists and creative people, but also filmmakers. There were shooting of many famous movies, such as “Meet Me in St. Louis”, “Ed Wood”, “Terminator 2”, “Monster in Law”; Justin Timberlake filmed here his promo single “Take Back the Night”.
Almost all the buildings of this “cultural district” were erected in wartime, so now they are rather shabby: peeling off plaster, cracks, destroyed walls. But locals don’t give these ranks go to rest, breathing new life in the old body: decorate buildings, make them original by all sorts of ways. Residential properties are not widespread here, but it exists. Despite the aging of many buildings, real estate is not cheap here, as throughout California.
The locals create various beautiful things, jewelry, purses, clothing, paint pictures. They even make furniture Los Angeles and organize their own exhibitions.
There are its own special public catering places here. Urth Caffe, located at 451 South Hewitt Street, is one of them. One can drink a delicious coffee here. Although, its omelets are also good. Here is an atmosphere of ease. Everything is quite simple, which fits this district: food, loft-style interior, people.
Not everyone is able to understand this district. For many, it is an old industrial and messy criminal district not fit for habitation. This is not a good place to raise children, it is even strange to see children in the district. However, for people whose lifestyle matches the wave of the district, it is a perfect place. There is something everlasting in this place. It seems abandon, shabby, informal and too simple, but it makes people to return here.
Source by Jean-Christophe Arnauld