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Old 07-14-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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Glad you liked it, but disappointed you disliked downtown and Hollywood. Those are the hearts of L.A.

Where L.A. feels like a real city compared to the rest of it.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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I've lived in LA for 2 years, and I find no need to go west of Vermont, so to each his own. It depends on whether you prefer culture or a cushy beach life at its expense. Personally I wouldn't live anywhere except Los Feliz, Echo Park, Silverlake, Atwater or even DTLA. What I love about LA is that there is so much more to it than that shallow cliche "LA lifestyle" that people love to hate. The cool part of the West Side is Venice the rest is just cultures of affluence, even though its fun to go to Beverly Hills and look at nice cars.
I'd live in Koreatown or maybe Long Beach. Pasadena's nice, too.

I'm considering grad school, as far as L.A schools go, at UCLA and USC, so I'd like to live in a place where I can tolerate the commute but still not have to live amongst the "shallow cliche 'LA lifestyle'" types. ('Course, if I went to UCLA, then I'd have to rule out Long Beach)
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:17 PM
 
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West Hollywood would do the job, although I don't know if people in here consider it part of the shallow LA Lifestyle? I wouldn't just like I wouldn't consider Melrose either. They're just really nice eclectic places.

East Hollywood in general is where I want to end up considering it's in the thick of it all. Just hit Santa Monica all the way down and then make a right to get onto Wilshire and you should be in Westwood in no time. I am planning on attending UCLA too but do not really want to live in Westwood.
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:44 PM
 
Location: In the hot spot!
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I just got back from Los Angeles yesterday and want to get my thoughts out. After a few years of thinking about Los Angeles and wondering what it's like, I finally took the step and visited the city, as I could very well be moving there this year.

I would say I had a mixed reaction, but I was more impressed than not. Going by the posts on here and just the general way L.A. is viewed, you would think it's horrible!

I have the choice right now to move elsewhere, but Los Angeles is in contention primarily because I want to pursue screenwriting. I haven't officially decided yet, but I will soon enough.

I don't drive, and I was told that is a big no-no here. Especially if you want to work in the movie business.

While I was only there for a week, I feel like I got a good sample of what Los Angeles is all about. Some of the things I had always heard about the city rang true and some didn't.

It is very spread out, but I just loved the feel of it all. I expected it to be spread out in a very bad way, but in a way I sort of liked it. As I mentioned, I love urbanity and big cities (NYC, DC, etc.) where you can walk everywhere and everything is built-up to be walkable.

To my surprise, I found most of central LA to be a dump. Didn't like downtown, Hollywood, WeHo, etc. They were OK, but I wouldn't be able to live in those areas or appreciate them much. I can definitely see how this is one of those aspects where people contribute their dislike of LA to.

Loved Westwood and Santa Monica, to me that is where the city shines. The westside. I also went to Pasadena, liked there too. Unusual because in other cities, I would prefer the downtown and Hollywood-type neighborhoods.

Rode the bus and train everywhere. I can most certainly see how it is not the best for someone to live without a car here, but definitely do-able and in no way a stretch like some people claim. The only downside is most of the transit not running past 12-1 AM, but that's typical in any city not named New York.

And I did find LA's light rail to be a good system, better than that of some other light rail systems out there. Loved the Expo line, I suppose it will be an awesome day when the rest of the line is complete.

Met some interesting people too. Overall I would say while I didn't fall in love with Los Angeles, I started to really come to like it and that was something I didn't expect to happen.

I just have to admit I was expecting an entirely different city based on what I gathered through here, media, and everything else. At the end of the day my visual picture of Los Angeles prior to visiting isn't all that different to the one I have now, but it helped so much by going on a vacation there. It's the little things.

Sorry if I rambled on, just had a bunch of thoughts.
Thanks for this post. I was just sitting here thinking about LA which is really different for me seeing it was the last place I ever wanted to live. Not because it isn't a great city, but because I grew up knowing New York and Boston and was somewhat biased. Now, however, I have been having thoughts about what life there would be like. This is strange for me. I have been to the city a few times and thought it was just another city.
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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West Hollywood would do the job, although I don't know if people in here consider it part of the shallow LA Lifestyle? I wouldn't just like I wouldn't consider Melrose either. They're just really nice eclectic places.

East Hollywood in general is where I want to end up considering it's in the thick of it all. Just hit Santa Monica all the way down and then make a right to get onto Wilshire and you should be in Westwood in no time. I am planning on attending UCLA too but do not really want to live in Westwood.
East Hollywood is awesome. If I didn't love my apartment right now I would definitely be moving to East Hollywood for the cheap rents but excellent amenities. It's a little too grimy for some.

West Hollywood is definitely in the thick of the shallow lifestyle, 100%.
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:27 PM
 
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Yeah I agree but I give WeHo a pass for some reason.

Of course I prefer East Hollywood, grime and all, it has way more action going on than West LA/WeHo. There was a nice one bedroom apt I found behind Hollywood Highland for 1000 bucks. The rent is cheaper there yes.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:46 PM
 
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If you're a screenwriter, may I highly recommend you look at Ken Levine's blog. A TON of free advice for people who want to pursue that. Spend hours reading his archives. They're so worth it.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I don't drive,

I feel like I got a good sample of what Los Angeles is all about.
You didn't get a good sample of what Los Angeles is all about.

Some people can make it without a car and many of them are destitute immigrants or illegal aliens crowding on buses.

Some people use the train to commute but probably 98% own a car.

Shopping, dating, doctor appointments, Home Depot runs,.... tough to do on public transportation.

My 89 year old mom uses LA Access, Home - Access Services, to go anywhere in LA County for $3. Got to be really old or handicapped to use that service though.
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