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Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

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The Third Street Promenade is an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment complex in the downtown area of Santa Monica, California. It is considered a premier shopping and dining district on the Westside and draws crowds from all over the Greater Los Angeles Area. Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean coupled with Los Angeles's mild climate, it is also a popular tourist destination.HistoryThird Street Promenade has been a center of business in Santa Monica since the town's inception in the late 19th century. The Promenade's roots date back to the 1960s when three blocks of Third Street were converted into a pedestrian mall. Although successful, by the late 1970s, the Santa Monica Mall (as it was then called), was in need of modernization and a redesign. A new enclosed shopping center, Santa Monica Place (1980–2007), designed by Frank Gehry was added at the Promenade's southern end. A citywide bond measure was issued and architectural firm ROMA Design Group was hired to redesign Santa Monica Mall. The renamed Third Street Promenade opened on September 16, 1989, and has since become the nationally recognized success that it is today. The project was part of a larger redevelopment effort, encompassing several blocks of Downtown Santa Monica. Santa Monica Place has since been renovated into a new open-air shopping and dining experience that re-opened on August 6, 2010.Although wildly successful, many long-time local residents of Santa Monica have mixed feelings about the Third Street Promenade, particularly about the homogenized stores and restaurants and the loss of the distinct personality and individuality provided by such independent stores as the Midnight Special Bookstore, present in the original mall. This "clone" aspect makes Third Street Promenade almost indistinguishable from any other outdoor plaza in the Los Angeles area (such as Americana at Brand, Old Town Pasadena, or Universal City Walk). Other points of contention for locals center on the increased traffic along Santa Monica Blvd, Wilshire Blvd. and Arizona Avenue, and over-crowded parking structures. Parking appears to be a continuous issue for the residents and visitors of the Third Street Promenade. Startups such as ParkMe.Inc (a Santa Monica-based technology startup) have launched services to ease this ever-present problem.
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  • With its numerous shops and very busy during their opening, it becomes almost deserted at closing stores. Carina!
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  • Santa Monica's third street promenade or the new Santa Monica place is to shop the best in Southern California. Can be seen in Beverly Hills beautiful upscale designer shops are really shopping at Santa Monica's third Street Promenade. Shopping for souvenirs on Japan trip once in a while buy a luxurious and beautiful dresses 9 months my niece boutique in Beverly Hills, but goes to the Santa Monica promenade or century city. In the unpuzzled or I go from Japan one. We recommend the Ocean near Santa Monica-third-Street Promenade as you've. Incidentally, Japan's UNIQLO store on Santa Monica's third Street Promenade. Gap. Sells in any case, Southern California's famous Disney Store or store that sells Yoga clothes. You can see the view of the Santa Monica Beach at the food court on the roof of the new Santa Monica place. New cinema. There was a very relaxed seating, adults can drink while watching movies in the cinema bar bought. (Usually alcohol is prohibited in American cinema. ) Can be different classes of Gorman dies cooking school next to the movie theater experience are interested in cooking and baking. Gorman dies cooking school interests you have see my blog NinjaBaker.com.
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  • It is nice because it does not specifically say this, there is a special thing is really many people and even the fashionable shops and broad Street. If you come to LA to go take a look at.
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  • The connection of people, stores from all over, ocean air and easy transportation make this pedestrian 3 block street a comfortable and fascinating place. Santa Monica is known for being and international destination, so I may hear Swedish, Arabic, and Japanese on a single stroll. There are globe lights in soft changing colors. You are at the party already.
  • Lovely shopping center. Many new stores opened since I've last visited. Convenient Parking garage available to shop at the promenade and walk over to 3rd street. Plenty of food selections on top floor- restaurants to quick food.
  • If you're visiting Los Angeles for the first time, the 3rd Street Promenade is definitely a destination you should visit. Most people want to visit Hollywood to see beautiful people and celebrities, but to be honest, there's much better people watching in Santa Monica and on the Promenade. Not only are there cool and safe street performers, there's lots of great eating on the Promenade or directly off the main 3rd street. Highly recommended to check out and even take a date to. There's lots to do that's walking distance from the Promenade.
  • I had a great time here. Bars, Shopping, Salsa Dancing. So many familiar faces. Venice beach a couple of blocks away. So much to see. Many talented entertainers. Good for people of all ages. Children will have fun as well!
  • Santa Monica is a beautiful place, it is currently going through a massive transformation including the opening of the Metro Rail extension which will drop you off steps from the world famous Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica has been a haven for many artists, celebrities and families. I love the history here, well worth the trip. You can also rent bikes at the bike rack which I recommend you do because its so easy! Great way to see the city, just reminder to follow all the laws and keep an eye out for cars. I hope you enjoy this city as much as I have.