Around Town - A Day In LA

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.