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Los Angeles City Hall stands at the southern border of the Los Angeles Civic Center
Los Angeles City Hall stands at the southern border of the Los Angeles Civic Center
Civic Center is located in Downtown Los Angeles
Civic Center
Civic Center
Location in Downtown Los Angeles
Country  United States
State  California
County Flag of Los Angeles County, California.svg Los Angeles
City  Los Angeles
Area code(s) 213

The Civic Center neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, is the administrative core of the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, and a complex of city, county, state, and federal government offices, buildings, and courthouses. It is located on the site of the former business district of the city during the 1880s and 1890s, since mostly-demolished.


View of Los Angeles Civic Center from Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
View of the Civic Center from Dodger Stadium.

The Civic Center is located in the northern part of Downtown Los Angeles, bordering Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, and the Historic Core of the old Downtown. Depending on various district definitions, either the Civic Center or Bunker Hill also contains the Music Center and adjacent Walt Disney Concert Hall; some maps, for example, place the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Civic Center but the Disney Concert Hall in Bunker Hill.

The Civic Center has the distinction of containing the largest concentration of government employees in the United States outside of Washington, DC. The reason for the high concentration is simple: Los Angeles is the most populous county in the United States and its second largest city, and houses several state and federal functions for the region.


The Civic Center is served by numerous Metro buses, most of which run to adjacent Union Station, the 101 and 110 freeways, and the Metro B Line and D Line's Civic Center/Grand Park Station are also in the vicinity. OCTA, Foothill Transit, DASH shuttles, Commuter Express and other municipal bus lines also serve the area.

The Regional Connector, currently under construction, will serve this area with two stations at Second/Flower and Second/Broadway station.


The Civic Center area is part of the ongoing Grand Avenue Project, which aims to develop existing parking lots in the area for residential and commercial use as well as create a Grand Park between the Los Angeles Music Center and City Hall.


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