The Long Beach Minute

Monday, January 12, 2009

Below are some photos from a recent visit to Long Beach, a large city 20 miles to the south, shrouded in the shadows of Los Angeles.

Downtown Long Beach (where I visited), is a fairly urbanized, pedestrian-friendly city Downtown offering a wide array of neighborhoods/districts, venues and other activities. Much like it's bigger sister's Downtown, it offers a bevy of integrated neighborhoods, including the Arts District/East Village (art galleries and indie boutiques), the Pine Avenue District (pedestrian-friendly commercial strip with outdoor cafes and the like), and the Waterfront area (ritz condos dotting the shore, along with the boardwalk, aquairium, convention center amid other attractions). However, unlike its sister, it is much more relaxed, with a slower vibe probably akin to San Diego moreso than Los Angeles. In sum:

Downtown Long Beach is one of Southern California's most unique waterfront urban destinations to live, work, and play. As California's fifth largest city, Downtown Long Beach is centrally located and a mere 20 minutes from both Los Angeles and central Orange County. With an efficient mass transportation system in place, people are easily connected to and from the major Southern California attractions and sightseeing destinations.

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