"busy street in parts, but some quieter areas"
West 1st Street eventually leads into downtown Los Angeles and is a very busy street. However, the area I am more familar with and am discussing is the section of West 1st between Fairfax and Croft. In this area, west of downtown, it is actually a fairly quiet, nice residential neighborhood. It is still a busier road than the side streets, but it is a nice area and a good place to live, close to major streets such as Fairfax and San Vicente, conveniences, and attractions, but not too noisy and congested. It is a good neighborhood with some nice houses and apartments.