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Old 10-24-2013, 12:20 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I moved to LA from the Bay Area to attend school in the 80's, as a college student. Lived there for over 20 years, in several cities. Loved it when I first moved there, as it was quite different from the Bay Area. Great beach scene and club scene, etc

As time went on, LA's tough side started getting tougher (difficult job market, growing traffic congestion, income inequality, etc). When the recession hit in 2007/2008, LA got hit pretty hard and I think it is still recovering today. Seems that some of the jobs never came back. I relocated back to the Bay Area, but still miss some things about my former home.

I met a lot of friends while living in LA and still keep close contact with many of them and visit them when I am in the area.

My sister left the Bay Area for LA and has decided that she loves LA much better than the Bay Area.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:03 PM
 
Location: The city of champions
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For me, I pretty much knew as a child that I loved this place. The city and I became a perfect fit. It was just meant to be. Everytime I go elsewhere to visit or live, I find myself being constantly homesick. I remember living near San Fran in Daly City for a few years and I just wasn't happy. I never felt at home there. I came back home and never plan on leaving. I just can't see myself living anywhere else. I'll certainly still visit other places though.

Some people move from place to place in order find to find a place to plant their roots. I was lucky enough to find it right out the gate.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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I was born in L.A too , have not moved here. I know what OP means though about viewing things negatively, and then appreciating things.

I think I started to appreciate the city more as I got older for sure. Maybe more after college.

I like to visit places though , and don't really get homesick but I haven't visited places that long, and have never lived elsewhere.

I think if I moved I would definitely want to visit frequently.

I don't think I could 'quit' and never come back.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:14 PM
 
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More like a transitional part of life.
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Old 10-07-2017, 08:00 PM
 
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LA and California in general is fine if you have the money

I own a home in San Francisco which I rent for 4000 a month
Worth 1.4 million

I've lived in both southern and northern California. Today neither are worth the cost of living

On the other hand if I had the big bucks I'd live in Marin or Sausalito.

My brother lives in Pacific palisades not far from the ocean. 1200Sq foot home. Rent maybe 4500 a month. Worth maybe 1.8 million.
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Old 10-08-2017, 06:52 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

I was sitting at my desk thinking of starting a thread like this just to get some perspective on the situation. Here is my situation.

I moved out to Los Angeles way back in 1983 and have been living here ever since. After many years as I got older, I realize now that I wasn't fully appreciating my time here. I was always focusing on the things I didn't have, such as a girlfriend, or a car or the fact that I couldn't get around the city as I would have liked to.

To make a long story short, I was focusing on the negatives of LA and not focusing enough on the positives But i would say starting late last year, i began to change my attitude and almost overnight, I encountered a complete change and now I have a new found appreciation for LA.

I really like the fact that there is so much diversity here in LA. I've met people from nations such as Canada, Argentina, Russia, and many others.

I really enjoy the many fine restaurants and cultural places here in LA. I think in terms of culture, LA is hard to match. I could probably list so many more positives about LA.

My question is for those of you who moved here to LA, did any of you first not like it and then as time went by, you noticed that you liked it a lot because of a change of attitude or perspective?

Have any of you ever felt this way?
NOT AT ALL. I WISH I COULD AGREE.

I HATE THIS CITY AND DONT' WANT TO WASTE ANOTHER YEAR HERE AND AS FAR AS DIVERSITY THERE ARE OTHER CITIES FAR MORE DIVERSE. I ACTUALLY HAVE A LONG LIST OF COMPLAINTS.

1. Rental Cost
2. Housing Market
3. Horrible Infrastructure
4. Endless Traffic
5. Lack of Rain
6. Smelly Pink Air
7. Lack of Community
8. Last call 2AM
9. Lack of Community
10.Big city with small town mentality. "Let's put the metro line right in the middle of the street instead
of above grade or underground right along with the gazillion cars buses and now bikes and pedestrians
who are now all colliding into each other."

ON A POSITIVE NOTE. I LOVE LONG BEACH BELMONT SHORES AREA. WHEN I LEAVE HERE I WILL BE LIVING THE STATE BECAUSE NOTHING ELSE ABOUT SOCAL INTEREST ME.
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Old 10-23-2017, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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LA and California in general is fine if you have the money

I own a home in San Francisco which I rent for 4000 a month
Worth 1.4 million

I've lived in both southern and northern California. Today neither are worth the cost of living

On the other hand if I had the big bucks I'd live in Marin or Sausalito.

My brother lives in Pacific palisades not far from the ocean. 1200Sq foot home. Rent maybe 4500 a month. Worth maybe 1.8 million.

Those houses of various colors on the postcards of San Francisco are nice. I heard they go for a few million.


Pacific Palisades always had my curiosity but people outside CA don't hear of it as much as Beverly Hills or Brentwood.





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8. Last call 2AM.


Latest to purchase a drink? If so, I guess the bars close at 3AM.
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