U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > Los Angeles
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 10-19-2011, 01:28 PM
Location: Pasadena, CA
397 posts, read 499,390 times
Reputation: 372


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.
Quick reply to this message

Old 10-19-2011, 02:01 PM
Location: Pasadena, CA
397 posts, read 499,390 times
Reputation: 372
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.
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-19-2011, 04:39 PM
1,714 posts, read 2,451,302 times
Reputation: 1103
Originally Posted by laviachi View Post
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.
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2011, 08:07 AM
Location: So Ca
9,380 posts, read 9,553,974 times
Reputation: 7121
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.
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2011, 10:30 AM
Location: San Francisco, CA
5,477 posts, read 8,919,201 times
Reputation: 3744
West LA drivers are crazy.. Pasadena streets are more civilized IMO
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Loading data...
Based on 2000-2013 data
Loading data...

Hide US histogram

Over $99,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > Los Angeles
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2017, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 - Top