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Old 08-02-2013, 12:34 PM
 
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Looking at NYC, it always seems like a city of stories, hip hop mecca, a place where if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. A place where it's real, and old buildings still stand, people are more serious, and somehow, it's more about people.

Los Angeles, most of the time it's a different story. Old buildings are torn down, replaced with strip malls, it's all about celebrities, gangster rap changed hip hop, good or bad, you decide, but I feel that it did taint it. People stuck in their cars 24/7, people are spoiled, people are more materialistic, people are fake.


Now, on this, I'm just going on about media perception. But it isn't too far from the truth. I live in L.A., and really, the real soul comes from the neighborhoods, no not hipster areas, but places like I grew up. We know the stories on every street corner, and we do know that in these neighborhoods, there are real people. But we're not focused on.

I see movies about life in NYC, life of ordinary people, but life in Los Angeles is mostly rich folks, or west siders. Mostly showing people in their cars rather than people out of their cars. Most people don't even know their own city, don't know their downtown buildings, or even know that there is a subway.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I can't decipher streams of consciousness, sorry. Point?
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I see movies about life in NYC, life of ordinary people, but life in Los Angeles is mostly rich folks, or west siders. Mostly showing people in their cars rather than people out of their cars. Most people don't even know their own city, don't know their downtown buildings, or even know that there is a subway.
Most of the movie Speed was shot on a bus. The scene where Dennis Hopper gets his block knocked off was on the subway.

Akeelah rides the city bus in Akeelah and the Bee.

In the film from Prada to Nada, two wealthy Mexican-American girls lose their fortune and are forced to move in with family in East L.A. They ride the bus.

The L.A. skyline is featured in countless movies including the scene from Class Act where Blade Brown rides Duncan Pinderhughes' bike home.

Die Hard took place in an L.A. skyscraper.

Just sayin'
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Sounds like another jealous East Coast trying to bash LA. LA has plenty of soul. If you think Angelenos are not "normal", you have been spending too much time watching TV and not enough time exploring the city.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:52 PM
 
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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So the title asks which city has more soul, but the OP begins this thread by bashing LA (like the thousands of other threads that already discuss this). This is a great start to a new thread...
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:19 PM
 
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No.... New York, at least the part you are trying to equate with your television-based experiences, is about work. If you ever get a chance, try working an 80-100 hour work week in New York. Spend $5K+ of rent a month for something that can scarcely fit a card table. Enjoy the blur of 1AM Chinese takeout, 3AM drinks, maybe the gym at 5AM, and a walk in the cold night to get to the subway. Work Saturdays, and Sundays, at least half the day. I'm curious how much "soul" or "buildings and people matter" attitude you will have left. To be certain, you learn to cherish different things then you would in LA.

"Real New York" is a bit different than an Olsen twins movie or a Jay-Z video. The other option, of course, is to move to Brooklyn and live like a ratty Hipster - you generally need an upper-middle class Midwestern set of parents to bankroll that experience, though.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:52 PM
 
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Sounds like another jealous East Coast trying to bash LA. LA has plenty of soul. If you think Angelenos are not "normal", you have been spending too much time watching TV and not enough time exploring the city.
The OP states he lives in LA.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:54 PM
 
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The OP lives in LA and he usually boosts it from remembering his posts....still, NYC definitely has more soul and culture. It is the cultural capital of America.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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The OP lives in LA and he usually boosts it from remembering his posts....still, NYC definitely has more soul and culture. It is the cultural capital of America.
NYC is the cultural capital in the same way it's the Mecca of Basketball.
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