In 1895, a millionaire by the name of Henry Gaylord Wilshire began developing a 35-acre parcel that stretched westward from present-day MacArthur Park. His vision for building an elite residential subdivision was the catalyst for the establishment of the Wilshire Center neighborhood that still stands today. In its hay day, the Los Angeles Times referred to Wilshire Center as, “a haven for blue-chip corporations and fine shopping.” Wilshire, a known socialist, donated a strip of land to the City of Los Angeles for a boulevard, but it was on the condition that it would never be used by public transit, railroad lines, or commercial or industrial trucking and freight. A concession long since done away with.
By the 1990’s, Wilshire Center had developed a reputation for being an epicenter of “crime and grime”. The former affluence gave way to densely populated urbanization and the neighborhood was in steep decline for decades. However, by 2001 Wilshire Center had made a massive recovery and even welcomed a $35-million spa to the neighborhood. The Aroma Wilshire Center, comprised of a spa, mall, and golf complex, caters to the Wilshire Center’s wealthy Korean population, most of whom are entrepreneurs and business owners in the community.
As with most of SoCal, Wilshire Center is jammed packed with some of the best things to do in Los Angeles. Whether you want to experience the most fun things to do, best places to eat, or cool things to see in Los Angeles, Wilshire Center is a great place to do it all. Local Wilshire Center hotspots include HMS Bounty, The Wiltern, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Stash House, Bullocks Wilshire Building historical landmark, The Normandie Club, Ko Ray Billiard, Zen Center of Los Angeles, Quest Room, Urban Light, Petersen Automotive Museum, El Rey Theatre, or The Ebell of Los Angeles.
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