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Old 06-25-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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Sorry if this may sound confusing.

What I mean by this is, when you list the reasons why some people love LA, or why it gets so much attention, you often hear things like:

it's where Hollywood is, where 'dreams are made of'
It's where all the movie stars lives
It's where everything glam, glitzy and fashionable happens
Sun, palm trees

Of course the bad things include:

The smog
the shallowness of the people
urban sprawl, how everything is so spread out


I'll actually go and say LA is UNDERRATED, in that it's actually aesthetically a pretty attractive city over large parts, it has a more varied geography within it's city limits and in the adjoining areas/counties, and has a myriad of diverse neighbourhoods. It's selling point is it's not a typical centric city, but many different 'villages' with their own identity, with a really cool backdrop. I also love how each city/neighbourhood/area is defined by it's geography: you have the beach communities, those on the flat LA basin, those in the valley, those in the hills, the mountains, the deserts to the east.etc, it's all here.

But I also say people underrate because they're trying too hard to compare it to NYC, Chicago.etc which it's not. While too much sprawl is a bad thing, nowadays LA isn't even that bad and is better than many other cities in the country. I also find it's communities have far more character than the generic characterless sprawl in cities like Indianapolis, for instance. I think people who see NO REDEEMING features in LA at all probably never understood it's charm in the first place.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:56 AM
 
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The sun and palm trees do it for me.
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