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Old 06-18-2012, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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Why would we want that? I love NYC, but I also love LA - as is.

Variety in life is a GOOD thing!

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Originally Posted by West of Encino View Post
LA has its own culture. It doesn't need to follow another city's culture.

These.

I'm a New Yorker and I try to come to LA as often as I can. Why would I want to leave home for a quick vacation... at home?
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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L.A offers a great amount of things, however it is lacking in one VERY important aspect that makes a city a TRUE city and that is being urban and dense in the downtown area. Think Chicago, Miami, Manhattan. Imagine having walkability and a dense urban lifestyle without having to rely on your car so much in LA? Everything you need at your finger tips, everything brought to life. LA does OFFER a lot, I am NOT talking it's surrounding areas, I am talking PURELY about the city itself the downtown area has a lot of potential and can be GREAT if only it was manhattanized

check out these articles

NYC Thinks L.A. Wants to Be 'Manhattanized' - Los Angeles News - The Informer

TIME Asks 'Can Downtown Los Angeles Be Manhattanized?': LAist

what do you think?
I hardly ever use my car. LA is as walkable as you make it.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:04 PM
 
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I hardly ever use my car. LA is as walkable as you make it.
It can be VERY walkable.

There's a book called "Secret Stairs" that should be on the shelf of every Angelino who loves the city and does NOT want to see it Manhattanized. (The very thought of which makes me so nauseous I'm going to go swallow a spoonful of Pepto Bismol.)
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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It can be VERY walkable.

There's a book called "Secret Stairs" that should be on the shelf of every Angelino who loves the city and does NOT want to see it Manhattanized. (The very thought of which makes me so nauseous I'm going to go swallow a spoonful of Pepto Bismol.)
Luckily, you could get something larger than the 16oz in L.A., but that might be overkill..
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:32 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I spent the last two weeks on leave in Los Angeles. I don't own a car. I walked EVERYWHERE, hopped on the train, or used a Zipcar (very cool by the way). Downtown is VERY walkable and vibrant. All the new things happening there are amazing. It's so cool to see LA's forgotten core change to become something great. But at the end of the day: LA does not need DTLA for any sort of validation. Chicago is a wonderful city, but it's true when they say that there isn't too much to do away from the loop or the Northside. LA is not like that. In LA you can do everything that can be done in a dense urban core without ever actually being downtown. That's a pretty cool characteristic that last I checked, is very very unique to Los Angeles in this country.

New York is only ONE WAY to build a city, Los Angeles is another. Those differences should not add or detract from either one. It's their differences that make each city absolutely wonderful. I like being able to visit NYC, Chicago and LA and having THREE distinctly different experiences. It would suck if they were all the same.

And to say LA is "not a true city" is dumb. What is? Definitely not New York, what about Baghdad? it's been around for THOUSANDS of years and has some REAL history that is more meaningful than any number of skyscrapers or urban canyons. How shallow can some people be?
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:06 PM
 
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These.

I'm a New Yorker and I try to come to LA as often as I can. Why would I want to leave home for a quick vacation... at home?
I dont think u would feel at home. LA would still be LA with skyscrapers. A mass of skyscrapers like NYC BUT all modern. Therefore it wont be NYC.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:22 PM
 
Location: In a house!
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Skyscrapers are nice and all, but not if they're sitting empty, which is what new buildings would be doing in this economy. There's very little need for more office space in this City. Plenty of vacancy already. I know that doesn't sound "sexy" but it's the reality, and skyscrapers are entities built by private companies who need to generate profits in order to eat.

But I definitely agree with (and have made the same point in other threads) the sentiment that LA's major problems are fixable, whereas other cities' aren't. It takes money to solve problems though, so in the short term, I think if LA could expedite these two issues, we'd be good:

1. Metro rail projects (Expo extension to SM, Purple Line extension, Regional connector)
2. An NFL team at Farmers Field in Downtown (laugh if you must, but the lack of a team makes LA a punchline to many other cities, it's like the one big thing that they have over us, and we can't argue that)
Yeah lets build really tall skyscrapers on an earthquake fault. Then pack it full of people and wait for the carnage...

During the time these people all live even more on top of each other than they already do and turn in to people as nasty as you find in N.Y.

Anymore ideas like that?
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:28 PM
 
Location: La La Land
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These.

I'm a New Yorker and I try to come to LA as often as I can. Why would I want to leave home for a quick vacation... at home?
Absolutely!!

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Originally Posted by DewDropInn View Post
It can be VERY walkable.

There's a book called "Secret Stairs" that should be on the shelf of every Angelino who loves the city and does NOT want to see it Manhattanized. (The very thought of which makes me so nauseous I'm going to go swallow a spoonful of Pepto Bismol.)
YES!!!!!

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I dont think u would feel at home. LA would still be LA with skyscrapers. A mass of skyscrapers like NYC BUT all modern. Therefore it wont be NYC.
AMEN to that!!!

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Yeah lets build really tall skyscrapers on an earthquake fault. Then pack it full of people and wait for the carnage...

During the time these people all live even more on top of each other than they already do and turn in to people as nasty as you find in N.Y.

Anymore ideas like that?
So true!!
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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I think L.A should be more like Manhattan in the way the city is run. NYC definitely seems to have their **** together and they actually seem to ENFORCE the laws/rules on the books. If we did that there would be a lot less ****ty areas than there are now.

Regarding skyscrapers I don't know if L.A needs to be like NYC in that sense..plus it's so much bigger than Manhattan is so I don't know if that would ever happen.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:50 PM
 
Location: In a house!
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I think L.A should be more like Manhattan in the way the city is run. NYC definitely seems to have their **** together and they actually seem to ENFORCE the laws/rules on the books. If we did that there would be a lot less ****ty areas than there are now.

Regarding skyscrapers I don't know if L.A needs to be like NYC in that sense..plus it's so much bigger than Manhattan is so I don't know if that would ever happen.

Manhattan so lousy I wonder is the Indians will give a refund?
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