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Old 02-10-2011, 06:50 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Well if you were just listing American politicians, then Ronald Reagan.
Possibly, but it has nothing to do with his acting career.

Come to think of it, there's really no Hollywood actor equivalent of a Mozart or Elvis either. Can any person be identified as the "king" or "father" of Hollywood?

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Old 02-10-2011, 06:55 AM
 
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Name one Hollywood actor/actress (not politician) that is ever going to be mentioned in the same breath as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Jr.
Many people won't be mentioned in the same breath as MLK, Abe Lincoln, George Wshinton or Ben Franklin. What does that have to do with Hollywoods relevance? It'll still be relevant years from now, because it's part of OUR nations history regardless. Besides, actors have been putting there star-power behind politicians for YEARS, and gettng them elected. The latest is Obama. No need to downplay something major.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:13 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Everyone seems to be missing the point. I'm speaking of the Greater Los Angeles area, not just the downtown or the city of Los Angeles. Think about it, compare even LA County to other large metros like Chicago, Philly, Houston and think of the myriad of different neighbourhoods, from the posh suburbs perched on the hills, to genteel middle class Pasadena, grungy Hollywood, bohemian Venice Beach, Compton/Watts, East LA, Downtown, Little Tokyo - in terms of how they are all pretty spread out in the metro, they blow away pretty much any other large American metro in terms of diversity and having many distinct neighbourhoods with truly different looks and feel. Only NYC really comes close imo. And yes, these neighbourhoods are often more famous than other metros with over 5 million people.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: First Hill, Seattle
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You asked a compound question.

I would say LA is probably the most "famous" city in the world in the pop culture/entertainment sense, because of Hollywood and globalization of American media. From an historic perspective, I'd go with Rome, Jerusalem, London.

I would not say LA, nor its metro area, is the most diverse city/metro in the world. Toronto, Canada and its metro area is widely thought to be the world's most diverse. Half of Toronto's population was born outside of Canada. LA is definitely a diverse area though, the numbers for LA county indicate 35% of the population is foreign-born.

Of course I assume you are using diverse in the convential sense, with regards to ethnicity/nationality.

Toronto: The World’s Most Diverse City | Expatify
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lano...as-peaked.html

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Old 02-10-2011, 09:30 PM
 
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You asked a compound question.

I would say LA is probably the most "famous" city in the world in the pop culture/entertainment sense, because of Hollywood and globalization of American media. From an historic perspective, I'd go with Rome, Jerusalem, London.

I would not say LA, nor its metro area, is the most diverse city/metro in the world. Toronto, Canada and its metro area is widely thought to be the world's most diverse. Half of Toronto's population was born outside of Canada. LA is definitely a diverse area though, the numbers for LA county indicate 35% of the population is foreign-born.

Of course I assume you are using diverse in the convential sense, with regards to ethnicity/nationality.

Toronto: The World’s Most Diverse City | Expatify
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Ah yes, different uses of the word 'diverse.' By diverse in this sense I mean the diversity of the places, not just the ethnic diversity.

This include look of a place (housing, streets, street trees, landscape), socio-economic differences and also demographic differences.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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It is very diverse, but also keep in mind many of those groups tend to stick with THEMSELVES.

With that said, I don't consider LA a "racist" city at all. As long as you are decent, carry yourself well and are presentable, you'll be accepted by everyone.

This is what I wish NYC was like. NYC is very segregated and you're judged upon the color of your skin and where you come from. I should know. I grew up there.
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Old 02-12-2011, 02:17 AM
 
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Everyone seems to be missing the point. I'm speaking of the Greater Los Angeles area, not just the downtown or the city of Los Angeles. Think about it, compare even LA County to other large metros like Chicago, Philly, Houston and think of the myriad of different neighbourhoods, from the posh suburbs perched on the hills, to genteel middle class Pasadena, grungy Hollywood, bohemian Venice Beach, Compton/Watts, East LA, Downtown, Little Tokyo - in terms of how they are all pretty spread out in the metro, they blow away pretty much any other large American metro in terms of diversity and having many distinct neighbourhoods with truly different looks and feel. Only NYC really comes close imo. And yes, these neighbourhoods are often more famous than other metros with over 5 million people.
A lot of L.A.'s areas pretty much look the same to me. Robertson, Century Blvd, Whittier, Santa Monica Blvd. Westwood, Melrose, Inglewood, Santa Ana, Colorado Blvd...the sidewalk and building scale are remarkably consistent.

The concrete texture is remarkably uniform. The only things that differentiate are socio-economic upkeep of certain storefronts.

Now the Houston metro...

you talk about variation in texture:
Which City Has the Most Intra-City Differences?

No. Los Angeles doesn't "blow away" Houston when it comes to varieties of a "look of a place" (housing, streets, street trees, landscape).

Houston is quite more eccentric-looking and off-beat compared to L.A. as far as man-made areas. There are similarities but when it comes to structural contrasts...Houston is clearly more distinguished.
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