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View Poll Results: Better Downtown
Detroit 50 28.74%
Los Angeles 124 71.26%
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Downtown LA
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Nice LA vid. Didn't know there was that much historical architecture there. They're very over shadowed by the newer taller towers.
Yes it seems like many people are not aware. That's why you get threads like this one with out-of-towners trying to tell us that our downtown doesn't have any nice architecture. Its amusing

The tall towers in the financial district is what usually winds up getting captured on film and used in movies. But when you actually live here, what you see day to day is the historical buildings because that is where most of the lofts, bars, restaurants, and shops are.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:10 PM
 
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LA. To me it begins and ends with public transit and LA has much better public transit and, therefore, walkability. Detroit essentially only has one area of vitality downtown: Greektown, while LA has a much stronger and wider overall dowtown vibe.
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Old 08-02-2014, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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LA. To me it begins and ends with public transit and LA has much better public transit and, therefore, walkability. Detroit essentially only has one area of vitality downtown: Greektown, while LA has a much stronger and wider overall dowtown vibe.
Does the Greektown Casino do much for the downtown area? It would be kind of cool to be able to go to a casino in an urban area, LA doesn't really offer that as the only big casinos I can think of are in Inglewood and Commerce. However I have heard that casinos in the core usually hurt the street-life as they are usually enormous buildings and don't interact with the street very well (DT Vegas does a decent job of not doing this, though the casinos there are very old).
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Old 08-02-2014, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Yes it seems like many people are not aware. That's why you get threads like this one with out-of-towners trying to tell us that our downtown doesn't have any nice architecture. Its amusing

The tall towers in the financial district is what usually winds up getting captured on film and used in movies. But when you actually live here, what you see day to day is the historical buildings because that is where most of the lofts, bars, restaurants, and shops are.
Yeah it is absurd to me when people say DTLA doesn't have any or has very little attractive architecture. It makes sense though because most tourists that do visit the core stick to the Figueroa and Grand corridors. Either that or they are in town for a convention and stay in the LA Live / Convention Center area and only see that part of DTLA, which is not a great showcase for what DTLA is all about (though can be credited heavily with helping speed up revitalization). Spring and Broadway are easily two of the most architecturally-rich streets in the entire country, and Main and LA Street also have some beauts.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Default My pics.

Some of DTLA's old architecture.


The Edison Bldg.



PacMutual Bldg.


The Biltmore Hotel

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Old 01-11-2015, 11:28 PM
 
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Great pics of dowtown LA. A poster a year or two back (I wish I could remember who) posted links to their blog, with a ton of outstanding shots of Los Angeles architecture. L.A. is often unfairly written off as bland and suburban, but it's a really unique cityscape, with a lot of vintage twentieth century gems. Thanks for posting.
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:48 PM
 
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LA, no question.
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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LA offers a wonderful study of the history of American architecture and urban planning. It has a little bit of everything!
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Old 01-12-2015, 01:26 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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LA offers a wonderful study of the history of American architecture and urban planning. It has a little bit of everything!

Lol it's extremely sprawled out with a horrible highway system, constant traffic, and a sub par downtown for a city its size.
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:20 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Lol it's extremely sprawled out with a horrible highway system, constant traffic, and a sub par downtown for a city its size.
And how does that relate to my comment, in which I said that you can identify a plethora of architectural styles in LA? I wasn't even giving an opinion about LA; I was stating an objective fact (that LA has many architectural styles).

Obviously you want any opportunity to bash LA, but the fact that your comment hasn't the sliver of relevance to the comment I made just makes your response seem childish. If you want to have a mindless bashing contest, pick up sports or video games.
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