Downtown Long Beach

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Downtown Long Beach
Neighborhood of Long Beach
Aerial view of downtown Long Beach, California, looking southwest. San Pedro Bay and the Port of Long Beach are visible beyond, with Catalina Island faintly visible on the horizon.
Aerial view of downtown Long Beach, California, looking southwest. San Pedro Bay and the Port of Long Beach are visible beyond, with Catalina Island faintly visible on the horizon.
Flag of Downtown Long Beach
Flag
Official seal of Downtown Long Beach
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Country United States
State California
County County of Los Angeles
City City of Long Beach

Downtown Long Beach is the heart of Long Beach, California, United States, and is the location for most of the city's major tourist attractions and municipal services. It is also the location for numerous businesses. There are many hotels and restaurants in the area that serve locals, tourists, and convention visitors.

Location[edit]

Downtown Long Beach.
Downtown Long Beach as seen from the dock of Queen Mary.
Downtown Long Beach at night.

Downtown Long Beach is bounded by the Los Angeles River to the west, and Ocean Boulevard to the south (south of Ocean is considered the "Downtown Shoreline," a separate area[1]). Alamitos Avenue roughly delimits downtown to the east, although the City's actual downtown zoning extends a few blocks east of Alamitos.[2] Similarly, downtown effectively ends around 7th Street to the north, but the City's downtown zoning carries as far north as Anaheim Street between Pacific Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard, and up to 10th Street east of that.[2]

The greater downtown area includes the neighborhoods of the East Village Arts District, the West End, North Pine, the Civic Center, and the "Downtown Core" or central business and entertainment area.[2]

Tourist attractions and shopping[edit]

Events[edit]

  • Second Saturday Art Walk (East Village)
  • Third Fridays Twilight Walk (Historic Pine Avenue)
  • Certified Organic Farmers Market (Fridays)
  • Bob Marley Reggae Festival (February)
  • Congressional Cup (sailing races, April)
  • Long Beach Grand Prix (April)
  • Cajun & Zydeco Festival (May)
  • Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade & Festival (May)
  • Aloha Concert Jam (Hawaiian music, June)
  • Anime Expo or AX (SPJA) (Promotion of Japanese Animation & Culture July 2 to July 6)
  • Catalina Ski Race (July)
  • Queen Mary Scottish Festival - (February)

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Local government[edit]

  • Long Beach City Hall
  • Long Beach Municipal Court
  • Long Beach Police Dept. Headquarters
  • Municipal Library

County, state, and federal representation[edit]

The United States Postal Service Downtown Long Beach Post Office is located at 300 Long Beach Boulevard.[3]

Businesses[edit]

The Downtown Long Beach Associates manages the business- and commercial property-based improvement districts in Downtown Long Beach. There are approximately 1,400 businesses in Downtown Long Beach, including several law firms given the proximity of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, as well as over 150 restaurants, wine bars, performing arts venues, and the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. A complete and frequently updated business directory is available online at Downtown Long Beach Associates' website.

The California State University system headquarters are at 401 Golden Shore in Downtown Long Beach.[4]

Transportation[edit]

Long Beach Transit has a transit center in Downtown Long Beach. The southern terminus of the LACMTA Blue Line as well as the southern end of Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) is also downtown. Greyhound Lines, Amtrak Thruway, Torrance Transit, LADOT, and LACMTA all have bus service to Downtown Long Beach.

Education[edit]

Downtown Long Beach is within the Long Beach Unified School District.

Architecture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Downtown Shoreline Planned Development District (PD-6)". lbds.longbeach.gov. City of Long Beach. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "Downtown Plan (PD-30)". lbds.longbeach.gov. City of Long Beach. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  3. ^ "Post Office Location - DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  4. ^ Home Page. California State University. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.