South Park History
South Park’s unique and dynamic culture can be attributed to its deep urban roots. Learn more about the history of the region here.
California Hospital Medical Center opens and moves to South Park, establishing it as the first building in California designed specifically for medical purposes.
Fiesta Park, a precursor to the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment District, becomes home to football games and other city spectacles. The University of Southern California and St. Vincent’s College (Loyola Marymount University) hosted games in Fiesta Park before each had their own sports stadiums.
A huge explosion of commercial growth takes place in the 1910s, ’20s, and early ’30s in the historic core, while South Park houses much of the residential and hotel uses in the area.
Downtown’s strict limit on building height is lifted, resulting in the first skyscrapers across the area. Prior to this, buildings in the area were not allowed to be taller than City Hall.
Los Angeles Convention Center begins construction along Figueroa St., opening to the public in 1971.
Los Angeles Department of City Planning publishes a blueprint for the neighborhood in the Southwest corner of Downtown LA, referencing it as “South Park”. The design included a large “Central Park” and a friendly, pedestrian-friendly streetscape along Hope St. While the plan has not been brought to fruition, the area has henceforth been known as South Park.
The LA Metro Blue Line opens in South Park, connecting Downtown LA to Long Beach with a station stop at Pico Blvd. and Flower St.
The South Park Stakeholders Group (SPSG) is formed.
Construction begins on new luxury apartments and condominiums with ground floor retail in South Park.
The South Park Business Improvement District (BID) is formed by the South Park Stakeholders Group (SPSG). Ground breaks for the L.A. LIVE campus, beginning with Microsoft Theater and Microsoft Square (formerly Nokia Theatre and Nokia Plaza).
L.A. LIVE opens to the public as an entertainment and dining addition to enhance the STAPLES Center experience.
The LA Metro Expo Line opens in South Park running from Downtown LA to Culver City, sharing the Metro Pico station with the Blue Line.
Metro Charter Elementary School, located on the campus of California Hospital Medical Center, is founded.
Services begin in South Park II, the 20-block area immediately east of the current Business Improvement District.