Metropolitan tenants have also formed a co-ed softball team and often arrange to meet in groups at the oasis-like complex pool at lunch on workdays, said tenant Joel Lenamon, a 38-year-old banker who walks six blocks to work.
While the rental units tend to draw single and younger professionals, the condominium complexes have a wider array of residents, typically don't organize regular group activities and offer a less "swinging" lifestyle, as Carol Mishell put it. Mishell said the eclectic mix of neighbors in the 200-unit, 10-year-old Skyline complex includes USC students as well as homeowners of all different ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
As in the suburbs, efforts are made to encourage residents to get involved in the neighborhood and community. For instance, a Residents Against Graffiti group, which gathers to paint out graffiti on Downtown streets, has been formed for residents of Skyline and the neighboring Metropolitan, said John Kelly, Skyline association manager.
Although the Skyline complex also provides such amenities as racquetball courts, a large pool, barbecue grills and a recreation lounge that can be reserved for group parties, Carol Mishell said she seldom uses them.