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Old 10-19-2011, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Folks may want to check out actual data when talking Air Quality... South Coast AQMD

as a matter of fact, at this instant, West LA's air is about 25% dirtier with particulate matter than the West San Gabriel valley (Pasadena).

also, think about the fact that alot of pollution comes from autos/trucks... and the westside is much, much more traffic congested than Pasadena... so ground level pollution (which is what really matters, because this is what we breath) is much more concentrated in areas with high congestion.
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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You might say to yourself, "well, that's just one day of data... an anomaly that the West Side is 25% dirtier with particulate matter"

So, I downloaded six months worth of Ozone data (particulate data not avail for some reason) for the West San Gabriel Valley and the NW Coastal (includes northerly part of the West Side including Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills, and Malibu)... and integrated the data (area under the curve)

And here's what I found:
W SGV had 12,029 units of ozone
West Side had 11,612 units of ozone

That's only a 3.5% difference over an entire 6 months. Not much different, really.
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:39 PM
 
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If you like a green (nature, mountains, nice people & neighborhood orientation, earthy feel) then Pasadena. If you like the single-oriented, ocean air, quasi-city lifestyle with mucho traffic - West LA. Having worked and spent much time in both areas I have never understood the draw of West LA. It is not that attractive, is overcrowded and I'm not stating this as a comparison to Pasadena. Also, regarding cleaner air, I remember speaking with one of the top ear, nose and throat specialists who said cleaner air in west LA has its limits. How much cleaner is the air in West LA when it is surrounded by dirtier air? It is all relative.
That's pretty much how I feel about the Westside as well... I am not a beach person at all, so the Westside really has nothing to offer except for nightlife, which is negatively offset by frustrating traffic and general overcrowdedness.

Pasadena does feel much cleaner than the Westside--partly because Pasadena lacks LA's trash, grim, exhaust fume, and graffiti. Pasadena is noticeably smoggier, though.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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When I was growing up, we used to call Pasadena "Pasa-downer" because there wasn't a lot to do (this was before Old Town came into being). It had definitely changed.
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Duarte, CA
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West LA drivers are crazy.. Pasadena streets are more civilized IMO
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