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LA 41 43.62%
Sydney 53 56.38%
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Old 05-25-2016, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles,CA & Scottsdale, AZ
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Of the "world class cities", I feel as if LA and Sydney have a lot in common. Which is more appealing/desirable to you? No specific criteria but some things to think about before voting:
-Beaches
-Weather
-People
-Cuisine
-COL
-downtown
-famous attractions
-cultural amenities
-shopping
-overall vibe

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Old 05-26-2016, 06:37 AM
 
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Sydney is probably more interesting. LA is too plastic and it has some of the most annoying population ever.
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Canada
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[quote=exas;44193452]Sydney is probably more interesting. LA is too plastic and it has some of the most annoying population ever.[/QUOTE]

Who would that be?

I think LA is one of the most underrated cities in the world. People complain about the hollywood plastic side of it, or that it is too ghetto, but in reality there is a lot more to LA than that. There are some things I really don't like about LA too, but overall I think it is a great city.
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:56 AM
 
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Sydney is probably more interesting. LA is too plastic and it has some of the most annoying population ever.[/QUOTE]

Who would that be?

I think LA is one of the most underrated cities in the world. People complain about the hollywood plastic side of it, or that it is too ghetto, but in reality there is a lot more to LA than that. There are some things I really don't like about LA too, but overall I think it is a great city.
Its not a bad place, the people irk me in the sense that most seem to follow a pattern "yoga, celebrity diet, gym, vegan eating, feminist, socialist, ecologist and just about every ist out there). I tend to value originality in people, people who are unique and embrace their uniqueness with its pros and cons, and in LA people seem too cliquey for me! They are too much of a trend following population for me to find it enticing!
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Old 05-26-2016, 08:40 AM
 
Location: London, NYC, DC
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With the exceptions of shopping and cost of living, this hands down is Sydney for me. The weather is fantastic, beaches are some of the best in the world, food is great and the people are so nice. There is no more beautiful city than Sydney from a natural setting standpoint, either.
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Old 05-26-2016, 08:49 AM
 
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There is no more beautiful city than Sydney from a natural setting standpoint, either.
Capetown and Rio De Janeiro come to mind!
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles,CA & Scottsdale, AZ
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Interesting responses so far, funny to see everyones perceptions of both cities. I live in LA and having traveled to Sydney twice, I think I will have to give this one to Sydney (slight edge). Both cities have a lot to offer, but I like the overall vibe of Sydney better. I actually like the people in LA better (not everyone here is pretentious and plastic, that's just a specific breed that is). I also like the food in LA more and I find that LA has more diversity than Sydney does. Having said that there is something about Sydney that I just loved, if granted the opportunity I would live there in a heartbeat (although I would have to get used to the high prices in the bars and restaurants!).
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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With the exceptions of shopping and cost of living, this hands down is Sydney for me. The weather is fantastic, beaches are some of the best in the world, food is great and the people are so nice. There is no more beautiful city than Sydney from a natural setting standpoint, either.
OH, come on. As attractive a setting as Sydney has, Rio de Janeiro beats it by a long shot.

I think the weather is better in LA. Sydney has twice as much rain. LA is often sunny and dry. But it is marred by the high prevalence of smog.

LA is huge and offers by way of this more diversity--culture, cuisine, etc. But Sydney by being so much smaller is more manageable, less traffic-choked.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:24 PM
 
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Sydney by far.

I don't have any interest in living in Los Angeles or California in general outside of San Diego and some smaller cities like Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey.
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Old 05-29-2016, 07:35 PM
 
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^ To add a reasoning, since we cannot re-edit our posts after 90 minutes.

I don't have anything against Los Angeles. It is a pretty fun city all around but a pretty stressful one to live in. I was there in March and stayed for quite a few days, I also had a rental car with me, and I got the idea of the city and its surrounding area. I had multiple people I know that live in the area show me around the metropolitan area and got a first-hand view of what it is like to live there.

Los Angeles has a lot to offer and is a great world renown city but to me it is far too excessively big even for its own good. Its layout makes it so that you have to learn to deal with crushing traffic in specific corridors even more than others, what should take 20 minutes to get to usually becomes 40 minutes, not uncommon to be even longer than that. The area also feels very "maxed out" in terms of space, very dense for an American area, especially with regard to land usage.

I don't know. I personally like how manageable to size of somewhere like San Diego is. It has over 3 million people, enough for it to feel like a decent sized town and enough for it to have all the essential amenities a 21st century age(d) person could want. It only takes more or less 20 minutes to zip across San Diego, you rarely ever see cops in the city anywhere, and the roads are the best in California. Public transit with rail system could use work in San Diego but makes a concentrated effort to connect all the relevant stuff you'd need. The best part is that for all the perfect CA weather and scenery, you don't have multi-millions upon multi-millions people to share it with. More acreage for me, I guess. That's typically how I envision ideal CA living; when you have to share less of CA with everyone else. Plus if there are days that I feel I absolutely need something Los Angeles has to offer, the drive from San Diego is only 90 minutes to two hours up the road, at most. If crucial, there is a formula in place.
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