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Old 07-01-2012, 01:00 PM
 
Location: The Present
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L.A. is real and downright rough depending on where you are. Thats what makes the city unique, people go for this culture/industry that dominates with fantasies and they have to deal with the harsh reality.

No place like LA!
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Old 07-01-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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i really dont understand why people say LA is "fake", what is so fake about LA? what makes a city "real"?
L.A. may not be fake, but it's also not "real." Real cities have their own culture, cuisine, identity and don't feel like somewhere else. You'll never hear anything being "L.A.-style," except, possibly, for hair gel. L.A. at its best was just a place for Americans who got tired of the snow. Those pilgrims merely wanted a warmer version of Back East. L.A., today, is merely the place where the kids and grandkids of Ice Age migrants live.

Cleveland, Philly, Baltimore, Boston, Birmingham, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Cincy, Chicago, Pittsburgh, NYC, and a few others feel real. Unfortunately, many of the Southern and Texas towns have lost their original flavor. Some Western towns have a "real" feel to them, but they're much too small to put in the company of the big names.
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Old 07-01-2012, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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L.A. may not be fake, but it's also not "real." Real cities have their own culture, cuisine, identity and don't feel like somewhere else. You'll never hear anything being "L.A.-style," except, possibly, for hair gel. L.A. at its best was just a place for Americans who got tired of the snow. Those pilgrims merely wanted a warmer version of Back East. L.A., today, is merely the place where the kids and grandkids of Ice Age migrants live.
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More unsubstantiated garbage from you. If LA is not a "real" city than how can it feel like somewhere else?
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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L.A. may not be fake, but it's also not "real."
Yeah, it is.

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Real cities have their own culture, cuisine, identity and don't feel like somewhere else.
Yeah, that sums up LA. There's nothing like it. It has its own culture. If you don't like it, then fine; but to say that LA lacks its own culture and identity is just plain wrong.

As far as cuisine goes... isn't LA always getting ripped on for its lean, healthy offerings by the rest of the US? Hasn't lean, healthy food become popular all over the US? The Mexican food popular all over the US owes more to LA than it does to anywhere else.

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You'll never hear anything being "L.A.-style," except, possibly, for hair gel.
Nothing other than fashion, music, you know, stuff like that.

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L.A. at its best was just a place for Americans who got tired of the snow. Those pilgrims merely wanted a warmer version of Back East.
Mmm no. It's like this statement was floating around in the air among many others, like "turkey would be great for dinner" and "can you believe that Pluto isn't considered a planet anymore?" You happened to reach up and grab it, then put it up for all to see. It's about this relevant...

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L.A., today, is merely the place where the kids and grandkids of Ice Age migrants live.
... that doesn't make any sense, but even if it did, it'd still be wrong.

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Cleveland, Philly, Baltimore, Boston, Birmingham, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Cincy, Chicago, Pittsburgh, NYC, and a few others feel real. Unfortunately, many of the Southern and Texas towns have lost their original flavor. Some Western towns have a "real" feel to them, but they're much too small to put in the company of the big names.
And IMHO, all of those cities suck more than LA.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:24 PM
 
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LA is the city that best suits noir films. It can be as real as it can be "fake".

I agree that Hollywood can border on the absurd on terms of trendiness, the gaudy and flash, but the rest of LA is an amazing diverse gritty REAL city that rivals NYC or Chicago.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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LA is the city that best suits noir films. It can be as real as it can be "fake".

I agree that Hollywood can border on the absurd on terms of trendiness, the gaudy and flash, but the rest of LA is an amazing diverse gritty REAL city that rivals NYC or Chicago.
Hollywood - the real Hollywood - is rather gritty as well.

I was an acquaintance of a Canadian who was here for a summer job - he said to me that "Hollywood is just a dirty little town".

He is right - and he obviously got off the beaten path during his travels.

The part of Hollywood he must have been in and many other places in L.A. are what make our city "real" and unique. No pretentions or "Hollywood" scripts - just real, hard working people.
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:32 AM
 
Location: NYC
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When an East coaster says "real", he really means "rude."
THANK YOU!! I am from NYC. Still here unfortunately. If NYC is real, then I would rather be fake.
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:35 AM
 
Location: White House, TN
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White House, TN. Amazing small town. They don't come more real Americana than this!
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Quimper Peninsula
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I used the terms real and fake in a recent thread. In my mind the word fake has more to to with a lack of individuality, a rate of how rampant peer pressure is.. It seems the harder they try to make them self unique the more they are the same.
Almost like a group,of high school girls. This struggle to be unique, to be noticed, to be accepted is incredibly human, which makes the place so real at the same time..

Also the fact that the city is not a classic European design with a true city center and an orderly design, adds to the eclectic nature of the place... One thing is for sure, their is no place on earth like LA!! One has to love it for that fact alone... all be it, a bit too intense of a place for most folks..
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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The 'real' versus 'fake' argument speaks volumes, not for Los Angeles, but for the source of such an idiotic question. It's just another laughable attempt to deride and de-legitimize us with the same old ludicrous stereotypes. Is this really the best you can come up with?

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L.A. may not be fake, but it's also not "real." Real cities have their own culture, cuisine, identity and don't feel like somewhere else. You'll never hear anything being "L.A.-style," except, possibly, for hair gel. L.A. at its best was just a place for Americans who got tired of the snow. Those pilgrims merely wanted a warmer version of Back East. L.A., today, is merely the place where the kids and grandkids of Ice Age migrants live.

Cleveland, Philly, Baltimore, Boston, Birmingham, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Cincy, Chicago, Pittsburgh, NYC, and a few others feel real. Unfortunately, many of the Southern and Texas towns have lost their original flavor. Some Western towns have a "real" feel to them, but they're much too small to put in the company of the big names.
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