Marina Del Rey is an exclusive riverside community that is home to creative communities and technology companies based in Venice. It's one of the safest and most peaceful neighborhoods in Los Angeles to call home. Head to Griffith Park, where you can take a picture under the famous Hollywood sign, see the stars at the Griffith Observatory, stroll through the animal exhibits at the Los Angeles Zoo, or attend a concert at the Greek Theater. Visit old movie hangouts like the Vista Theater and the Los Feliz Theater to see the latest highest-grossing movies.
Get the chance to test your artistic skills with classes for adults and young people at Barnsdall Art Park. Enjoy Margherita pizza, a 26% meatball provolone sandwich, or spinach and ricotta gnocchi at the old school Italian restaurant Little Dom's. Or eat everything from burgers and wraps to pizza and ribs at the 1739 Public House gastropub. Or try Hong Kong, Tropical Itch or Blue Hawaiian cocktails at the Tiki-Ti Tiki-Ti bar.
Spend the day watching street artists, shopping, or dining along the Venice Beach waterfront. Visit the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount for exhibitions by students and contemporary artists. Take your dog for a walk, play with your little ones on the playground, or enjoy a picnic at one of the 29 local parks in Playa Vista. Get retail therapy, watch a movie, or visit the exclusive restaurants at the nearby HHLA outdoor mall.
Start your day at Cabbage Patch and choose an acai bowl or a coconut and chai smoothie. Order everything from tuna there to handmade salads at the Urban Plates made-from-scratch restaurant. Visit Loqui to enjoy Mexican dishes, such as a chicken or veal dish and a garnish of French fries %26% guacamole. Or relax with Monday Mules, Thirsty Thursdays and TGI Fridays during Let Loose Hour at Gulp Brewery.
The Adams neighborhood is one of the dangerous areas in Los Angeles. Violent crime in this neighborhood is 474% higher than the national average. Even with this scandalous number, if anything, crime in this neighborhood has declined since its peak in the '60s when gang violence was so rampant that residents were banned from mumbling. The police presence is overwhelming but it's hard to measure their response with the constant barrage of crimes.
Downtown LA is not particularly safe; there are few places such as 4th and 6th Streets that are fairly safe but overall you have a 1 in 29 chance of being a victim of a crime in downtown Los Angeles. Formerly South Central LA, this neighborhood of 248,666 people suffers from drug trafficking, gangs and gang activity which is mainly responsible for its high crime rate. The police are seen conducting frequent rounds of patrols which has led to a decrease in crime compared to its peak in the 90s. The nightlife isn't particularly dangerous so women who visit alone can move around without fear but crime rates are still 49% higher than the national average although they have decreased by 1% year after year.
Koreatown is located south of Hollywood and west of downtown LA with a population of 72,523 inhabitants; between 50 and 75% of them are Koreans. Visitors confirm that Koreatown has some of Southern California's most vibrant nightclubs and restaurants. The crime rate is 33% higher than LA's average but 68% higher than the national average; it isn't particularly safe during the day due to its diverse mix of people and businesses but walking, biking or using public transportation isn't dangerous although pickpocketing is common so visitors should be careful with their wallets and cash. In Koreatown you have a 1 in 24 chance of being a victim of a crime.
Westwood is mainly populated by students and young professionals due to its proximity to UCLA; it's generally safe with a 1 in 58 chance of being a victim of a crime for each resident; violent crime is 17% lower than the national average and year after year crime has decreased by 1%. Playa Vista is located in West Los Angeles where cost of living is 25% higher than LA's average; it's one of LA's safest neighborhoods with a 1 in 58 chance of being a victim of a crime; violent crime is 43% lower than California's average and it has an excellent livability score; it's also home to an increasing number of technology firms such as Facebook, Google and YouTube which have made this corner of Los Angeles County their home due to its low crime rate.