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Old 12-13-2011, 11:58 PM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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When I lived for a few months in LA back in the 80s, I experienced the famous smogs on occasion - an actual thin brownish-white cloud that would be visible to within a block of where I was standing, and much thicker as I looked in the distance.

When I've traveled through LA occasionally in the past few years, it's always been quite clear.

Have the stricter vehicle emissions standards been doing their work? Are the visible smogs a thing of the past?
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Yes, the air quality is quite a bit better than it was in the '70s and '80s.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:53 AM
 
Location: CA
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I never really notice the smog.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:02 AM
 
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Yes, the smog in LA is horrible (hello, asthma)--however, not as bad as it was in the 80s, there's more emissions control now
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Cali
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Yes, the smog in LA is horrible (hello, asthma)--however, not as bad as it was in the 80s, there's more emissions control now
I remember days in the early 70s when I was in elementary school, recess was often cancelled because of smog alerts.
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:03 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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it's definitely visible on hot summer days, but it is waaaaaaaaaaay better than it used to be. if you live within 10-15 miles of the coast (except for the port area: diesel trucks, trains and ships), smog should be a non-issue for you unless you have super sensitive lungs.
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:48 AM
 
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It is soooo much better now than in the 70s and 80s!!! I remember them talking about blowing the top off of the mountain to let out the smog! And I used to get sick from it and they had "smog alerts" where we could not do PE at school. But now I hardly notice it. and after wind or rain it is crystal clear and you can actually see all the mountains around the LA basin, which for so long I did not know half of them existed! (lived here 47yrs)

they have super tough emission laws now here. smog checks etc.

Sometimes it is a little hazy but not like the brown/yellow smog you could cut with a knife back then.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:07 PM
 
Location: LBC
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When I was a boy, the sky was the most beautiful shade of taupe.

But big government went and killed it.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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According to the American Lung Association, LA still has some of the worst air to breathe in the US.

Most Polluted Cities: State of the Air 2011 - American Lung Association

Maybe Bakersfield is worse.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I remember going to college in San Bernardino in 1990 that my car would turn brown from the smog within a couple days of washing it. And the air often smelled sort of like bleach. And if you went up in the mountains and looked back down, it looked like a bowl of grey/brown soup.
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