I plan to visit Los Angeles around New Year and was picking a hotel when i ran across articles that recommended staying away from downtown LA because of safety concerns(especially at night-time). I read about South Central and know it is one of the most dangerous places in the US(because of gang violence, shootings, etc), but i was never aware that downtown LA was dangerous after 5p.m. I read a lot of conflicting opinions - from it's very dangerous(you're gonna get killed at night to it's way over-rated). Does anyone have first-hand experience and which areas are to be avoided. I am travelling with my wife and 3-year old daughter. Is the Westside around Culver city safe?