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Old 06-13-2012, 05:14 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Yeah with the exception of the Hollywood industry and the gorgeous scenery, there is nothing exceptional about LA.

You haven't been to the beach yet.
How about the daily car chase on the freeway?
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:43 PM
 
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Very few places in the world provide a man-made, physical setting that shocks the sense like parts of Manhattan. It's not that NYC or Manhattan are more or less "exceptional" as LA, its just that LA doesn't have a physical place that wows first time visitors like Manhattan.

I remember the first time I visited NYC, my friend who lived there had us meet in Times Square. I remember coming up the subway stairs and walking out on the sidewalk. It just blows you away: Hundreds of people streaming past you on the sidewalk, car horns blaring, gigantic buildings coming up in all directions, huge video screens showing advertisments, a gridlock of taxis in all directions.

So, its not that LA is not an amazing city (maybe more amazing than NYC), but I can't think of a place in LA that provides quite that same unique sensory experience.
It kinda felt that way getting off the subway at Hollywood. It looked like a mini times square.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:09 PM
 
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Very few places in the world provide a man-made, physical setting that shocks the sense like parts of Manhattan. It's not that NYC or Manhattan are more or less "exceptional" as LA, its just that LA doesn't have a physical place that wows first time visitors like Manhattan.

I remember the first time I visited NYC, my friend who lived there had us meet in Times Square. I remember coming up the subway stairs and walking out on the sidewalk. It just blows you away: Hundreds of people streaming past you on the sidewalk, car horns blaring, gigantic buildings coming up in all directions, huge video screens showing advertisments, a gridlock of taxis in all directions.

So, its not that LA is not an amazing city (maybe more amazing than NYC), but I can't think of a place in LA that provides quite that same unique sensory experience.
LA is like New York City for those who like nature and the outdoors, but wants the extreme cultural variety of NYC.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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"I feel so tall here!"

"Unremarkable!"

If I had a nickel for every transplant who thought he/she had this megacity in the palm of their hand days after arriving here...big money.

If I had a nickel for every ex-transplant who returned home, tail firmly tucked between their legs...HUGE money.

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Old 06-14-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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At least I got to the second page before a snarky comment was said. Forgive me for not seeing LA as an eat you alive NYC if you can make it here you can make it anywhere kind of town.
I've been through Boston rent, it's weather, it's surly ready to ice pick you people, and where people wipe their behinds with a bachelors from a good school.

Save the whole LA will eat you up for someone who cares. I'm not here to be a movie star. I'm just here to enjoy the town, it's people, it's neighborhoods and gorgeous weather.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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At least I got to the second page before a snarky comment was said. Forgive me for not seeing LA as an eat you alive NYC if you can make it here you can make it anywhere kind of town.
I've been through Boston rent, it's weather, it's surly ready to ice pick you people, and where people wipe their behinds with a bachelors from a good school.

Save the whole LA will eat you up for someone who cares. I'm not here to be a movie star. I'm just here to enjoy the town, it's people, it's neighborhoods and gorgeous weather.
That's the right attitude to have, and having lived in Houston and Boston, I doubt the city will eat you alive.

But, LA is definitely up there with NYC in the "cruel and unforgiving" category.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:49 AM
 
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Thanks. Of course I'm not naive to think I'll be hobnobbing with celebs in Beverly Hills but that's not what I'm looking for.

So far it's been great. I work in Toluca Lake which is gorgeous. I live right off the border between NoHo and Burbank and loving the area. I'm no more than five to ten mins from the studios and the shopping. I don't even want to leave Burbank.

I did my homework before moving out here. Checked the police reports, used google street views, had friends visit the area, made sure I avoided a commute as I'm only six mins away using the streets, no freeways. So far life is fair but I know that LA can be pretty cruel too.

I Reall just want to enjoy the town, the food, the shopping (thrift stores, local shops not Rodeo) and get into some progressive activism and organization which I hear are abundant in Los Feliz and Echo Park.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:06 AM
 
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I probably spoke too soon but I've been to Downtown, Santa Monica, NOHO, Burbank, Glendale and Hollywood. All in three days.

There is no way you could have possibly taken in all of those sites within 3 days to make any kind of evaluation or claims that you are making.

Santa Monica to DT to Hollywood to Burbank/NoHo/Glendale are at least 7 days to scratch the surface and that's in a car. You are obviously NOT driving as you are asking for public transportation to the beach.

Los Angeles looks completely different than Houston in vibe, appearance, people and topography. Houston is flat, humid and very ghetto in appearance. There are very few nice areas of Houston.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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You haven't been to the beach yet.
How about the daily car chase on the freeway?

He doesn't drive. He takes public transportation.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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There is no way you could have possibly taken in all of those sites within 3 days to make any kind of evaluation or claims that you are making.

Santa Monica to DT to Hollywood to Burbank/NoHo/Glendale are at least 7 days to scratch the surface and that's in a car. You are obviously NOT driving as you are asking for public transportation to the beach.

Los Angeles looks completely different than Houston in vibe, appearance, people and topography. Houston is flat, humid and very ghetto in appearance. There are very few nice areas of Houston.
You get a way better impression of the city by taking public transportation.

It is pretty incredible the amount of Angelenos that have lived here their entire life and know close to nothing about the city.

One of my wife's younger co-workers (born and raised in LA) tried to convince her that LA has no subway. "It has some trains but none of them run underground".
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