— LA Metro (@metrolosangeles) February 7, 2017
Metro’s first direct subway-to-shopping connection is now open in DTLA, marking its growth as a center of activity. In ye olden days of yesteryear, traveling between 7th/Metro Center and The Bloc Downtown — home to Macy’s, District kitchen + bar and more — required you to exit the station and cross busy 7th Street. Now, after getting off the train, exit toward Hope Street and use the pedestrian passageway to walk directly into a hub of food, shopping and more.
These sorts of connections are important not just for safety and convenience — although those reasons are definitely up there — but because they create the type of interconnected space that makes for an appealing destination for residents, workers and visitors alike. When everything’s easy to reach, you’re more likely to want to go there again.
7th/Metro Center is served by four rail lines: the Blue, Expo, Red and Purple Line. Come 2021, it will also be served by the Regional Connector, which will link the Blue and Expo Line to the Gold Line. The Bloc is a mixed-use destination that includes a Macy’s, a Sheraton Hotel, an office tower and an open marketplace that features boutiques, retailers and restaurants.
Here is an album of photos on our Flickr site — please feel free to download.