A few weeks ago, one of my childhood friends got married in a beautiful Catholic Cathedral in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, California. I have been traveling for the good majority of this year and it has been full of fantastic and special experiences. Coming home to witness someone I’ve known for so long take that next big step in life was a treasure that I hope to never forget. The concentration of joy, laughter and fun was perfect.
As a result of bouncing around this year I have picked up a habit of looking for new experiences in common places. After the wedding I returned to downtown LA to visit a friend and see how the heart of the city has changed—since I was a child. There are a lot of perceptions about the area, some true and some exaggerated. For the most part it is a city that leads a double life. On one hand you have the hustle and glam that drives surface expectations of the City of Angels. The other hand is hard at work to renew the culture and vibe of the inner city. In any either case—if you look close of enough—there is something really neat brewing in the heart of the city.
Creating the Most
I Uber’d my way downtown to visit the friend I mentioned earlier. We have been close for quite some time and I was excited to see what she has created with her given space. She is overwhelmingly talented and a wonderful artistic mind. I can try and describe . I walked into her apartment and experienced this:
You’re looking at a living space with work spaces on the bottom and sleeping quarters on the top. My friend and her two roommates thought-up, created and assembled it from scratch. One of the cooler adult space usages I’ve seen. Here is a closer look at her work space:
I absolutely love it. It opened my mind to different ways that I could create the most with what I have available to me.
Keeper of Stories
After checking out the apartment we decided to stroll the veins of the city at night. We ended up at the Last Bookstore. Upon walking in, this place became an instant favorite . I grew up in Pasadena, California and spent a good amount of time at the library (nerd alert). I love the smell and experiences that are associated with a room full history, sayings, tales and thoughts. This place took me back to special moments in my childhood.
This place was very unique to say the least. Let me just show you.
Clever book arrangements are kind of their thing.
There was also this thing created by an artist who labeled himself a “thing maker.” Fitting.
I don’t know what this was all about but I kind of liked the dinosaur and music combo
As you can see, the place has a lot of character. Seeing these sights was a good expansion of my perspective of the city. There is so much to see, if you are willing to look and pay attention to the details. I had a limited amount of time to observe all of the aspects of what was going on, but what I did see encouraged me. A new wave of artists and innovators are slowly putting their touches on the city. I am curious to see how DTLA continues to evolve.
The photo below is one of my favorites of the night
Enjoy the Adventure.