Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district in the central area of Los Angeles, California, United States, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area. The area features many of the city's major arts institutions and sports facilities, sightseeing opportunities, a variety of skyscrapers and associated large multinational corporations and an array of public art and unique shopping opportunities. Downtown Los Angeles is the hub of the city's freeway network and Metro rapid transit system.
Downtown Los Angeles is generally thought to be bounded by the Los Angeles River on the east in Lincoln Heights, the Hollywood (Route 101) Freeway to the north, the Santa Monica (I-10) Freeway on the south and the Harbor (SR-110) Freeway on the west, some sources, including the Los Angeles Downtown News and Los Angeles Times, extend the area past the traditional boundary to include University Park and Exposition Park, encompassing the University of Southern California (USC) and Central City West neighborhoods.
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