Bunker Hill is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of Downtown Los Angeles built on a hill that extends above the surrounding terrain, that separated the rest of the city to the west until a tunnel was built through it in 1924. The surrounding areas of Bunker Hill are Echo Park, Civic Center, Westlake, Financial District, and the Historic Core of L.A.
The neighborhood is known for the several large performing arts centers (such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall), the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the neighborhood’s luxury condo buildings, most prominently the Bunker Hill Tower. The once grand Victorian mansions of Bunker Hill eventually fell into disrepair as Downtown declined in stature in the mid 1900s. In the late 20th century, the hill was lowered by excavation, and the area was redeveloped to replace old buildings with modern high-rises and other structures for residences, commerce, entertainment, religion and education. In 2000 the Los Angeles City Council passed the Adaptive Re-Use Ordinance, allowing old unused office buildings to be redeveloped as apartments or lofts. Most of the renovated buildings have been built as mixed-use residential structures with the first floor open to retail stores so that residents have convenient access for shopping. Today, with the beautified Grand Park, new Broad Museum, and convenient underground Metro subway station, Bunker Hill is a vibrant part of Downtown’s arts and residential communities.
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