Downtowns nationwide have experienced a resurgence in the last 10 years, thanks in part to hipsters moving in. The Wall Street Journal even argued recently that oldsters -- namely baby boomers -- were a key part of the central city wave.
And now a new report from the International Downtown Association says not only are folks moving to our urban cores, they're working there, too. Downtown Los Angeles is a prime example:
According to the report, "Downtown Rebirth: Documenting the Live-Work Dynamic in 21st Century U.S. Cities," Los Angeles' center has a high percentage of people who both live and work downtown:
As many as one in five DTLA residents also work in greater downtown, the report says. This summary spells it out:
... 21,135 residents live in commercial Downtown Los Angeles, 97,214 residents live there and within a half-mile adjacent area, and 174,975 residents live within the downtown and broader one-mile adjacent area. Additionally, 19.3% of the workforce living in commercial Downtown also works in the area, compared to 19.3% who live within downtown and the adjacent half-mile area and 19.4% who live and work in the commercial Downtown and within the adjacent one-mile area.
That wasn't among the very highest ratio of live-work residents in an American downtown. New York, which is practically all downtown, so to speak, had a nearly 50 percent rate for Midtown Manhattan alone.
But it was a good showing. And there's this:
L.A. came in second place for the number of jobs in its downtown and other urban employment "nodes" (including Westwood, Hollywood, and Koreatown): 1,679,859. Only New York beat us.
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The folks at the International Downtown Association say there's been an 8.7 percent population increase in greater DTLA from 2000 to 2010.
And they say there has been a whopping 45.9 percent increase in the number of jobs downtown from 2002 to 2011.
Who says Los Angeles isn't a real city with a thriving urban core?