For the last 20 years I have been reading that downtown Los Angeles has under gone a renaissance. Refurbishment of old architecture into loft residences, hip new galleries and restaurants, classy hotels and concert venues, you know...the whole bit. But from what I could tell after my day spent in jury duty this week at the criminal courthouse on Temple Street I didn't really see the renaissance in action. Yes, construction seemed to be going on everywhere, but Los Angeles, unlike Boston, New York or San Francisco, is still a city that I wouldn't want to walk around in. Maybe someday downtown LA will become as desirable as SoHo but that someday still seems to be a long way off.