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selesfan1
Apr 23rd, 2006, 10:26 PM
I think I will be in LA in July but probably won't be able to do much because I am going to be at a conference.However, is there anything in downtown L.A. to do? How far is like the Kodak theatre and all that stuff? Is it safe to walk around downtown La. I think the conference is at the Convention center and we'll bve staying at the Wilshire or the Sheraton downtown. Can anyone fill me in?

Sally Struthers
Apr 23rd, 2006, 11:12 PM
omg, don't go downtown after sunset. The place is deserted after work lets out and then the scum comes out. :scared:

Stick to the touristy areas. Avoid Sunset and Hollywood Blvds (past the chinese theater) after sundown :scared:

and avoid Compton, Inglewood, South Central, Watts, East Hollywood, and parts of Long Beach. :scared:

LeRoy.
Apr 23rd, 2006, 11:16 PM
yeah downtown L.A. after dark was scary even to drive by . I wouldn't walk there for sure :scared:

Sally Struthers
Apr 23rd, 2006, 11:23 PM
actually I think the closer to the coast you get the better :lol: East LA ... :scared:

For heaven's sake, don't go out alone if you're staying downtown. I'd stay locked up in my room at night or find something to do in the hotel.

tommyk75
Apr 24th, 2006, 02:18 AM
Yeah, when people say they live "in LA," they usually mean in smaller cities AROUND L.A. As for L.A. itself and the downtown area, stay stay stay away and do everything in the daytime.

RJWCapriati
Apr 24th, 2006, 02:30 AM
:lol: @ this thread!

Tratree
Apr 24th, 2006, 02:32 AM
The Kodak and Mann's Chinese, etc are in Hollywood, which isn't downtown, but it's a close visit. If you driving, you can just head up the 101 N to H'wood or if you don't have a car, you can take the Metro up to Hollywood. I wouldn't advise it if you are alone after about 9-10 pm at night (as a woman anyway), but it's safe enough in a group. The main problem is the huge homeless population (largest in the world so I've heard) panhandling and sleeping it off on the Metro trains. Sounds fun, huh? Seriously, it is a fun place. The Kodak is in Hollywood and Highland, an outdoor shopping center. Mann's Chinese Theater is within walking distance. You should also try out Universal City (also off the 101 freeway) and the Santa Monica Pier area (W on the 10 freeway to the beach).

~ The Leopard ~
Apr 24th, 2006, 02:34 AM
Just carry an anti-tank weapon, or something, and you'll probably be okay.

Fingon
Apr 24th, 2006, 02:48 AM
RIP Selesfan1

Sally Struthers
Apr 24th, 2006, 02:57 AM
Just carry an anti-tank weapon, or something, and you'll probably be okay.

oh no. you need close combat weapons :lol:

Sally suggests a small fire arm ... like a Glock 9 mm or something similar...

or some sort of melee weapon :lol:

Pheobo
Apr 24th, 2006, 03:32 AM
You guys are such drama queens. I love downtown LA. Just don't go walking around alone at night and you're fine. You shouldn't do that in downtown anywhere though. Common sense.

kiwifan
Apr 24th, 2006, 03:59 AM
I've been in LA for almost 10 years and I've only been downtown after 9pm once. well other than making a quick bus/metro connection

I went to a party at an art gallery.

Other than us Hollywood types partying, there was nothing anywhere.

I figured you're more likely to die from loneliness than crime downtown. :lol: :tape:

For things to do, just hop on the "Red Line" and get off on Hollywood/Highland (they've done a lot to improve the area and it almost feels like "Hollywood" should). :cool:

ys
Apr 24th, 2006, 04:18 AM
You guys are such drama queens. I love downtown LA. Just don't go walking around alone at night and you're fine. You shouldn't do that in downtown anywhere though. Common sense.

Never had any problem walking anywhere at anytime in downtown NYC.. Or in downtown Moscow..

Solitaire
Apr 24th, 2006, 04:45 AM
Theres really nothing down there so why bother at all.

SilK
Apr 24th, 2006, 09:56 AM
Never had any problem walking anywhere at anytime in downtown NYC.. Or in downtown Moscow..

Never had any problems in Amsterdam and Budapest either... :shrug:

No Name Face
Apr 24th, 2006, 01:48 PM
Never had any problem walking anywhere at anytime in downtown NYC.. Or in downtown Moscow..

well i know to not walk around at night in some parts of brooklyn :scared:

Strangelove
Apr 24th, 2006, 01:53 PM
Never had any problems in Amsterdam and Budapest either... :shrug:You should try Rotterdam then...

or actually....you shouldn't :scared:

Martian KC
Apr 24th, 2006, 01:55 PM
It's really not as exaggerated as everyone seems to make out of it. But it has been 6 years since I moved out of California completely, so I dunno if anything has changed.

Helen Lawson
Apr 24th, 2006, 02:35 PM
Visit my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It's at 6251 Hollywood Boulevard. Also, visit my hand and foot prints at Graumann's Chinese Theatre, they are the only ones set in gold dust. Kodak Theatre and Dorothy Chandler Pavillion are passe. Visit the RKO Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, where I won my Oscar. "Real" winners won at the RKO Pantages Theatre, not today's wannabes. Stop by AMPAS and watch a couple of my movies, too!

Wigglytuff
Apr 24th, 2006, 03:02 PM
You guys are such drama queens. I love downtown LA. Just don't go walking around alone at night and you're fine. You shouldn't do that in downtown anywhere though. Common sense.
:rolleyes: :bs: i was just walking around alone in downtown brooklyn last night (it was sooo pretty with all the fog and mist) and its perfectly fine, and nearly every night i walks down downtown manhattan and thats also fine. and anyone scare to walk down downtown yellow springs, should get pimp slapped.

downtown does not equal unsafe... if a downtown is unsafe, even at night, it sucks ass.

Wigglytuff
Apr 24th, 2006, 03:04 PM
well i know to not walk around at night in some parts of brooklyn :scared:
lame...

brooklyn is fine, its the bronx and queens you need to worry about.

Sally Struthers
Apr 24th, 2006, 03:18 PM
Visit my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It's at 6251 Hollywood Boulevard. Also, visit my hand and foot prints at Graumann's Chinese Theatre, they are the only ones set in gold dust. Kodak Theatre and Dorothy Chandler Pavillion are passe. Visit the RKO Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, where I won my Oscar. "Real" winners won at the RKO Pantages Theatre, not today's wannabes. Stop by AMPAS and watch a couple of my movies, too!

Helen, aren't you afraid someone's going to jackhammer your prints out of the ground one night and put it up on Ebay as a "replica" ?

Helen Lawson
Apr 24th, 2006, 03:24 PM
Helen, aren't you afraid someone's going to jackhammer your prints out of the ground one night and put it up on Ebay as a "replica" ?

At 87 years old, hon, I just can't sweat the small stuff anymore. Anyway, if they get ripped off, it'll get me a bunch of publicity and I can re-set them on live TV. Hell, that could get me like a legit film role instead of playing this shit on Lifetime. Did I tell you, they are already making a Lifetime TV movie about the Duke Lacrosse Rape Scandal? Of course, because it's Lifetime TV, each and ever guy at the party is guilty and stuff. Anyway, I'm playing the sharp-tongued lady-Judge who will give all the awful boys their comeuppance in court.

Sally Struthers
Apr 24th, 2006, 03:27 PM
At 87 years old, hon, I just can't sweat the small stuff anymore. Anyway, if they get ripped off, it'll get me a bunch of publicity and I can re-set them on live TV. Hell, that could get me like a legit film role instead of playing this shit on Lifetime. Did I tell you, they are already making a Lifetime TV movie about the Duke Lacrosse Rape Scandal? Of course, because it's Lifetime TV, each and ever guy at the party is guilty and stuff. Anyway, I'm playing the sharp-tongued lady-Judge who will give all the awful boys their comeuppance in court.

Is there a place for me as one of the rich moms?

Helen Lawson
Apr 24th, 2006, 03:28 PM
Is there a place for me as one of the rich moms?

Yes, there are two of those roles, one has this long monologue on how her son is innocent and "those whores" are after money. Hon, the part is tailor-made for you, I'll TELL them to cast you. Maybe we can get Neely a part, too.

Sally Struthers
Apr 24th, 2006, 03:31 PM
Yes, there are two of those roles, one has this long monologue on how her son is innocent and "those whores" are after money. Hon, the part is tailor-made for you, I'll TELL them to cast you. Maybe we can get Neely a part, too.

it sounds fabulous! I'll get my agent to harrass the casting people.

Helen Lawson
Apr 24th, 2006, 03:32 PM
it sounds fabulous! I'll get my agent to harrass the casting people.

The current working title of the project is "A Lone Voice For Justice."

Sally Struthers
Apr 24th, 2006, 03:34 PM
The current working title of the project is "A Lone Voice For Justice."

I guess "LacRape" sounded too french. :lol:

Helen Lawson
Apr 24th, 2006, 03:39 PM
I guess "LacRape" sounded too french. :lol:

Lifetime panders to trailor trash and dumb housewives, they have to keep the titles simple.

Sally Struthers
Apr 24th, 2006, 04:33 PM
Lifetime panders to trailor trash and dumb housewives, they have to keep the titles simple.

now now.... those trailer trash housewives put food on my table. And you know how I like my food. :tape:

Shenay La Soul
Apr 24th, 2006, 04:51 PM
I figured you're more likely to die from loneliness than crime downtown. :lol: :tape:

Ding, ding, ding! That's the correct answer! Some of those streets in the heart of downtown (Flower, Grand, Hope) are nice but they're desolate at night. Now venturing further south (or is it east) towards the garment district, well you're taking your chances IF you don't put on your 'game face'. IOTW, don't walk around looking like a target for these numbskulls. Sorry that's harsh but it's something to think about every time you travel. I'm a nice guy and it reads on my face but I can put up a tough attitude if I have to. :angel:

Slumpsova
Apr 24th, 2006, 07:48 PM
OMG this sounds scary. i've never known downtown LA is that dangerous :eek:
always thought NYC's is the most not-to-go :scared:

Mightymirza
Apr 24th, 2006, 11:05 PM
OMG this sounds scary. i've never known downtown LA is that dangerous :eek:
always thought NYC's is the most not-to-go :scared:
No way NYC is just fine..Atleast Downtown and midtoen manhattan.. :bounce: I have never feeled walking on streets in middle of night so secured in my whole entire life as I felt ltving in manhattan..Love ya NYC :kiss:

nizelegz
Apr 24th, 2006, 11:17 PM
omg, don't go downtown after sunset. The place is deserted after work lets out and then the scum comes out. :scared:

Stick to the touristy areas. Avoid Sunset and Hollywood Blvds (past the chinese theater) after sundown :scared:

and avoid Compton, Inglewood, South Central, Watts, East Hollywood, and parts of Long Beach. :scared:

I could say a few choice words to you but I won't. I will leave it that you are just ignorant. Where are you from Beverly Hills? Please explain to me what is wrong with the cities besides they are populated with African American and Hispanics, are you afraid of them?

nizelegz
Apr 24th, 2006, 11:22 PM
The Kodak and Mann's Chinese, etc are in Hollywood, which isn't downtown, but it's a close visit. If you driving, you can just head up the 101 N to H'wood or if you don't have a car, you can take the Metro up to Hollywood. I wouldn't advise it if you are alone after about 9-10 pm at night (as a woman anyway), but it's safe enough in a group. The main problem is the huge homeless population (largest in the world so I've heard) panhandling and sleeping it off on the Metro trains. Sounds fun, huh? Seriously, it is a fun place. The Kodak is in Hollywood and Highland, an outdoor shopping center. Mann's Chinese Theater is within walking distance. You should also try out Universal City (also off the 101 freeway) and the Santa Monica Pier area (W on the 10 freeway to the beach).

Now these are excellent tourist sites to visit. At least this is coming from someone that knows Los Angeles!!

Solitaire
Apr 25th, 2006, 06:54 AM
OMG this sounds scary. i've never known downtown LA is that dangerous :eek:
always thought NYC's is the most not-to-go :scared:


Manhattan at night is fine. After 911 it basically has become a police state. I can't tell u how many times I've been alone in the east village at like 3:00am and not seeing another soul. Samething for the subway.

Wigglytuff
Apr 25th, 2006, 07:01 AM
Manhattan at night is fine. After 911 it basically has become a police state. I can't tell u how many times I've been alone in the east village at like 3:00am and not seeing another soul. Samething for the subway.
what train are you taking, for it to be that empty... even on the f and the a it be mad heads running around late at night.

Solitaire
Apr 25th, 2006, 07:58 AM
what train are you taking, for it to be that empty... even on the f and the a it be mad heads running around late at night.


Specifically the 6 and yes the A. I have been on both super late at night and NO ONE but me was on.