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Old 04-16-2016, 09:54 PM
 
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Or better question, did it impress you in anyway?
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Old 04-16-2016, 11:08 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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Why would sprawl be a shock to people from small towns? Small towns are just a bunch of small buildings sprawled out. Los Angeles would probably be much more comfortable for someone from a small town than, say, NYC.
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Old 04-17-2016, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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The "sprawl" only really affects you when you need to travel across the city for work or entertainment. I, for example, live in Woodland Hills and it is my "small town". Within a 5-10 minute drive I have 4 malls, all the big box stores, high rise office buildings, lots of nice restaurants and a big park where they have concerts on Sundays in the summer. If I didn't work around Los Angeles and need to travel the freeways, I really wouldn't know or care that the rest of it was even there.
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:11 PM
 
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Agreed. In fact reason #264 of why I love greater LA because one gets the best of both worlds in having the advantages and amenities of a world class, international city, while still being able to feel like you have aspects of being a small town environment. Actually though it depends where, NELA neighborhoods feel a little more like villages (between DTLA and Pasadena) but if you can have a more true big city environment anywhere along the Wilshire corridor from DTLA all the way to Santa Monica if you want.
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Quite frankly I think the first site of Los Angeles makes some people want to vomit. To be sure, some of this is pre-conceived notions of what "Hollywood" is supposed to look like and/or notions about what physical form a "true city" should embody.

Take a drive down Century Blvd from LAX and what do you see?

But hey we got the Imperial Highway, Century Blvd, Victory Blvd, Santa Monica Blvd, 6th Street....we love it.


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Old 04-19-2016, 12:49 AM
 
Location: John & Ken-ville
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When you fly into LAX for the first time at night seeing the "GRID" feature of roads and lights it's quite impressive.


Until you're stuck on the 405, or 10 or 101, or 110 and can't move because you're stuck in traffic.. then the shine wears off quickly.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Why would sprawl be a shock to people from small towns? Small towns are just a bunch of small buildings sprawled out. Los Angeles would probably be much more comfortable for someone from a small town than, say, NYC.
Maybe more comfortable than NYC but still it would be shock. This may not be bad, but certainly would be an experience that is new to them and would take a while to get accustom to, just like moving from Los Angeles to a small town would take time.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:45 AM
 
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I'd argue that the sprawl is actually more advantageous for those who prefer a small town feel.

For instance, if you're in NYC or SF city proper, it's quite dense.

However, in LA city proper, there are multiple places in the Valley such as Woodland Hills or Chatsworth that have a suburban feel closer to a small town. Even an area like Eagle Rock, which is still pretty close to Downtown LA, has a relatively small town feel.

I'd say LA is one of the few places where it feels less like a big city in certain areas.
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Or better question, did it impress you in anyway?
How can it impress if it was all I knew?

It's like a slightly cleaner TJ. At least that's how I'd explain it to newly arrived campesinos.

LA scares the crap out of a lot of people, even in the IE and the deserts. Too big, too dirty, too much Spanish language, etc.

The GLAMA is huge, there's no disputing that. The view from airplanes is proof.

As to whether or not it would be a culture shock to small-towners, it would depend on the small town, the location of said small town, the demographic makeup of said small town, and a host of other factors that cannot adequately be measured. To be honest, going from an environment like to Los Angeles to most anything smaller takes a lot of getting used to.
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Old 04-19-2016, 04:12 PM
 
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When I moved to LA, I was really excited about the high rises. Where I came from, the tallest building was only 4 stories tall.

Also, about 100 miles from my town, there was an intersection where two freeways passed over each other. It was so exciting to me to see all these freeways intersecting!

I always wanted to live in a city so I was thrilled by LA!
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