The Arts District is a historic area on the eastern side of downtown Los Angeles. It was once a commercial and industrial area with many vacant buildings, but due to revitalization efforts, has now become a thriving neighborhood with loft apartments, coffee bars, restaurants, art galleries and museums.
There are plenty of great eateries with patios in this district, some of which allow your canine companions to accompany you on the patio. Ask at your local cafe whether your dog is welcome and enjoy some refreshments with your best bud. There is also a dog park right in the middle of the community where you can walk with your dog and then allow him some off-leash fun and socialization.
The area is used for lots of on-site filming because of the unique buildings, providing some free entertainment right in the neighborhood for pedestrians and pets. The weather is almost always cooperative in warm sunny Los Angeles for a walk to a local patio, art gallery or park, or just to investigate the many initiatives and changes in this area, as new development are ongoing.
This historic district features some interesting buildings and architecture with galleries, commercial and multi-story residential buildings providing some shade to the sidewalks in the neighborhood on hot, sunny, summer days. Pavement, however, can become hot on your pup's paws, so you may want to get your canine companion some doggy boots to protect his toes from while walking in this neighborhood.
This older established area has little in the way of vegetation or landscaping as it was once entirely a commercial and industrial area. The Arts District is predominantly flat, however, there are usually sidewalks, although they are not separated from roadways by boulevards. You will need to keep your dog leashed and be careful to keep your him away from traffic. Many large commercial buildings feature wall murals, and artwork is prominently displayed in gallery and museum windows for passersby to enjoy. Although your dog may not appreciate the artwork, it provides dog owners who are art enthusiasts a great opportunity to check things out from the street.
Due to the historic, commercial, nature of The Arts District, greenways are not a major feature in this neighborhood. There is an Arts District Park with a children's play area and a picnic area, and just a few blocks away, the Arts District Dog Park. The Dog Park is privately run by volunteers, and any contributions are appreciated. This Dog Park features a water supply, trash bins, pooper scoopers, and benches. The surface is decomposed granite, which is easier to maintain and clean for volunteers. It can be dusty, but brushes off your dog's fur with minimal effort and is bacteria and disease-resistant, which helps prevent the spread of illness and parasites. There are also some shade trees to keep you and your dog comfortable on hot summer days and a separate off-leash area for small dogs. The off-leash areas feature double gates to prevent escapees and keep your dog safe in this developed neighborhood.