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Old 12-14-2013, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Murrieta California
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I happened to have lived there for more than that. Near USC and then on the westside. Visted multiple times since I left. There is always something new you can find there.

If all you see is traffic and pollution, I am only sorry that you have missed the great opportunity to live in such a lively city. LA is often mentioned for these only because it is a much more prominent city than Toronto, not because things are worse.

To say LA has nothing but traffic and pollution is like saying Toronto has nothing but winter and Asians. Both are stupid stereotyped description from those who didn't have a good time and then always hold some grudge against those cities.
The area around USC is definitely not one of the better parts of Los Angeles.
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:10 AM
 
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The area around USC is definitely not one of the better parts of Los Angeles.
of course not. The campus is surrounded by sketchy nabes except to the north. But it is a short drive to the west side.

I would say the only drawback of LA compared with Toronto is the lack of a safe, fun and livable downtown. The west side sort of makes up for it but not quite. You still need to drive from place to place constantly as they are all far apart, and I am a big fan of compact city - everything within walking distance.

LA is expanding its rapid transit. If the city someday has an efficient transit similar to Chicago's, as well as successfully revitalizes the downtown, it will be hard to beat.

Toronto currently simply doesn't have the population and therefore the energy to compete with Los Angeles.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Murrieta California
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of course not. The campus is surrounded by sketchy nabes except to the north. But it is a short drive to the west side.

I would say the only drawback of LA compared with Toronto is the lack of a safe, fun and livable downtown. The west side sort of makes up for it but not quite. You still need to drive from place to place constantly as they are all far apart, and I am a big fan of compact city - everything within walking distance.

LA is expanding its rapid transit. If the city someday has an efficient transit similar to Chicago's, as well as successfully revitalizes the downtown, it will be hard to beat.

Toronto currently simply doesn't have the population and therefore the energy to compete with Los Angeles.
There is a lot going on in downtown LA now with a lot of building. One of the big drawback is it is right next to a sleazy area but that can be fixed. San Diego did it and so did Long Beach.
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