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.
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City 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.


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]


  • Second Saturday Art Walk (East Village)
  • Third Fridays Twilight Walk (Historic Pine Avenue)
  • Certified Organic Farmers Market (Fridays)
  • Bob Marley Reggae Festival (February)
  • Queen Mary Scottish 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)

2028 Summer Olympics[edit]

During the 2028 Summer Olympics, downtown Long Beach will host BMX Cycling, Water Polo, Triathlon and Open Water Swimming. [3]

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.[4]


The Downtown Long Beach Alliance manages the business- and commercial property-based improvement districts in Downtown Long Beach. There are approximately 1,500 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 Alliance's website.

The California State University system headquarters are at 401 Golden Shore in Downtown Long Beach.[5]

Revitalization Projects[edit]

Outdated office buildings that have reached the end of their competitive life-cycle are finding a new beginning as residential conversions.[6] In 2014 the city's Municipal Code provided for Adaptive Reuse, which is a "construction or remodeling project that reconfigures existing spaces, structures or buildings to accommodate a new use or to accommodate another purpose than what it was originally designed for." [7] The City created the Adaptive Reuse Incentive Program to guide developers through the process.[8] Re-purposing a building avoids demolition, sending the structure to landfills, while preserving the historic value and unique architecture of downtown Long Beach. Examples of buildings converted for reuse include the Verizon office building on 200 W. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach which is changed into a mixed-use apartment building over retail.[9]

The Long Beach Professional Building, an eight story poured in place concrete Art Deco medical office tower constructed in 1929 and once in danger of being torn down,[10] was most recently renovated in 2018. The historic building is on the List of City of Long Beach Historic Landmarks and the California Office of Historic Preservation.[11] The building was accepted in 2005 into the National Register of Historic Places.[12] The restoration project was conducted by Global Premier Development and KTGY Architecture + Planning. The structure is now called The Regency Palms, an assisted living and memory care facility.[13]

Refer to the Downtown Update of the Long Beach Development Services for a presentation document showing completed, approved and pending projects.[14]


The following are located in Long Beach's downtown area:


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



  1. ^ "Downtown Shoreline Planned Development District (PD-6)". City of Long Beach. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  2. ^ a b c "Downtown Plan (PD-30)". City of Long Beach. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Post Office Location - DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH[permanent dead link]." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  5. ^ Home Page. California State University. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  6. ^ Nahigyan, Pierce (5 October 2018). "Transforming Downtown Long Beach: Converting Office Space To Living Space". Long Beach Business Journal. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  7. ^ Long Beach Municipal Code Definition of Adaptive Reuse -
  8. ^ Long Beach Adaptive Reuse Incentive Program
  9. ^ More apartments added to plan for Long Beach Verizon building
  10. ^ Preservation: Lost Long Beach Landmarks
  11. ^ California Office of Historic Preservation
  12. ^ National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
  13. ^ Regency Palms Renovation Information
  14. ^ 2018 in Review, Downtown Plan Update

Coordinates: 33°46′20″N 118°11′37″W / 33.7721°N 118.1935°W / 33.7721; -118.1935