Central City East is further divided into Skid Row and the Toy District. It is also home to one of the largest stable populations of homeless in the nation. The bulk of housing here is apartments above businesses and tents along the street as the Union Gospel Mission is located here on St. Pedro St. There is a fantastic selection of places to eat outside of the neighborhood, but you won't find much within its boundaries. The same applies to dog parks and places to go shopping for dog food or treats.
Summer temperatures in downtown L.A. tend to hang out in the mid-to-upper-80s with long days of endless sunshine. With only 15 inches of rain in the average year, there really aren't any days when you can't go walking with Fido. Even if it does rain, it never lasts long, and the clouds don't give up much water at a time.
The terrain is almost entirely paved in Central City East which can make going for a walk with Fido a bit challenging, at first. If your pup is young, they will need time for their paws to toughen up enough to handle going for long walks on paved surfaces. To avoid this, start out with short walks. As your pup's paws grow a layer of callus, you can start adding more distance.
Then there is the temperature of the pavement. At an 85°F ambient temperature, the pavement can reach 135°F which is hot enough to cause uncomfortable burns. To avoid this, take your walks early in the morning before the sun starts trying to melt the sidewalks.
Finally, there is the homeless population which, for the most part, is a tight-knit community that keeps to themselves. However, if you are not comfortable walking by yourself, you can always grab a walking partner to go with you.
About the only thing green in the Central City East area is probably a few of the tents used by the homeless who call Skid Row home. Just to the west of the community, there are a couple of small parks. To the north is the Civic Center Dog Park. This is an on-leash park without fences, but it does offer a vast green space for the two of you to run around on. As always, no matter where you take Fido, be sure you take waste bags with you too. Leave no trace behind and clean up after your dog.
Alternatively, you can cruise up to Elysian Park and the Doggie Park. You can run around with Fido or spend a few hours hiking the trails that run all over the park. The park is easy to find as it's in the hills behind Dodger Stadium and wraps around the LAPD Police Academy.