Downtown LA, you're a captivatingly peculiar place. That slice of city between the 110 and the Arts District actually resembles, well, a city; '20s high-rises and '80s skyscrapers house a mix of chic bars, mom-and-pop noodle joints and handsome coffee shops. What other neighborhood could simultaneously grab a GQ cover line for being the country's "capital of cool" and an NPR segment about the urgent situation in Skid Row?
We could go on and on, so instead we turned to LA's comedy scene for short (and sometimes serious) rundowns of the neighborhood. We asked some of our favorite comedians performing at RIOT LA, the Main Street-centered comedy festival, to describe DTLA in five words or less.
RECOMMENDED: See more in our guide to Downtown Los Angeles