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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer?
LA metro 4 66.67%
NYC metro 2 33.33%
Voters: 6. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 09-20-2011, 06:12 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Say you took away the downtown core of each city (Midtown Manhattan and Downtown LA for the purposes of this comparison). Basically all of the City of Los Angeles vs. the Boroughs excepting those central areas.

Which metropolitan area do you find more interesting, diverse, exciting? I would give the edge to LA/SoCal, as it is more diverse in terms of geography and the different neighbourhoods. You have the beach communities, those in the basin, valley, the hills and of course the mountains. New York has diversity too but alot of Brooklyn for instance is sort of monolithic. LA's metro has more famous places than NY's (most of the New York outsiders know is in Manhattan). LA obviously has the advantage in that the most interesting areas are outside downtown, while Manhattan sort of defines NY. Of course Manhattan blows away downtown LA, but that is not what's being compared here.

 
Old 09-20-2011, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Say you took away the downtown core of each city (Midtown Manhattan and Downtown LA for the purposes of this comparison). Basically all of the City of Los Angeles vs. the Boroughs excepting those central areas.

Which metropolitan area do you find more interesting, diverse, exciting? I would give the edge to LA/SoCal, as it is more diverse in terms of geography and the different neighbourhoods. You have the beach communities, those in the basin, valley, the hills and of course the mountains. New York has diversity too but alot of Brooklyn for instance is sort of monolithic. LA's metro has more famous places than NY's (most of the New York outsiders know is in Manhattan). LA obviously has the advantage in that the most interesting areas are outside downtown, while Manhattan sort of defines NY. Of course Manhattan blows away downtown LA, but that is not what's being compared here.
Though I'd take "downtown NYC" (Manhattan) over downtown LA, LA as a whole has a distinct advantage in that most of its nightlife, culture, and much of its commerce, etc. is spread out over the rest of the city and all over the LA metro. One of the amazing things about the NYC metro, to me, is how much of all of the above is centered in Manhattan.

Not saying that areas like Brooklyn are dead or negligible or anything - they certainly aren't - but while NYC's allure lies primarily in NYC itself, much (most?) of LA's allure lies in the rest of its metro, versus its downtown. In the last month I've been back in LA, I've had tons of nights out, seen plenty of action... and I've only set foot in downtown twice, one of which was just to buy macaroons at Louie's for a girl (seriously... and by the way, a total waste of $20).
 
Old 09-20-2011, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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I agree, because LA is more sprawling, it's definitely the winner here. Though there are some premier suburbs of NYC that blow anything in LA out of the water IMO with regards to quality of life (Alpine, NJ; Greenwich, CT; Scarsdale, NY).
 
Old 09-20-2011, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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This has been done before. I willing the to bet this will turn into a LA bash fest. NYC is greater, but I would rather live in Southern Cal.
 
Old 09-20-2011, 07:29 AM
 
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This has been done before. I willing the to bet this will turn into a LA bash fest.
Agreed. Thread closed.
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