It has been a while since the last visit back in July, 2015. For the month of November, we decided to first visit L.A.'s Chinatown. It has been years since I have visited Chinatown, and right when we got off at LA Metro's Chinatown Gold Line station, that statement is none more apparent to me.
Not being DTLA residents but vistors, we start off at the Atlantic Gold Line station located in East Los Angeles at the intersection of Pomona Blvd and Atlantic Blvd. There is a parking garage right next to the station providing convenient access if driving to the station, and parking for Gold Line passengers is free.
The map above shows the location of the Atlantic Gold Line Station and the location of the aforementioned parking garage (outlined in red). The location of this station is conveniently located off the 60 Freeway. Typically, I take the Gold Line from this station, otherwise I would take the Silver Line express bus down near Gardena (More about this in a future post). Another convenient feature to mention is the ability to now reload a TAP card online at https://www.taptogo.net/TAPReload.
I have parked many times at the parking garage and have not encountered any difficulties. I would still provide precaution by hiding any personal belongings. This is a recommendation I take anywhere I go.
After visting Chinatown, we decided to visit Grand Park located in the Civic Center area. One goal of the DTLA visit was to explore DTLA without the need for using the personal automobile. We walked south on Broadway and crossed over the 101 Freeway. It is here, I felt there was a serious disconnect between the districts. The freeway acted as a divider. The homeless population here is great and impedes ADA access to those who needs to utilize the sidewalk on their wheelchair:
This is one of my favorite parks in DTLA. It was great to see people congregating here hanging out and talking. This park provides a valuable space for the DTLA community. My second favorite is Grand Hope Park. Pershing Square, however, needs a total revamp (More on that in a future post).
We then used the Grand Park Red/Purple Line station to get to Pershing Square Station:
I felt giddy and full of joy being able to ride the subway. Don't mind me, I am a transit nerd, but having this service is crucial as it provides such a better service and is superior to the car as it doesn't face any of the traffic congestion or traffic lights above in getting to Koreatown (Purple Line) or Hollywood and the Valley (Red Line).
We also visited LA Live: