There are some cool looking neighborhoods, with different styles of houses, each one different than the one next to it. Diverse people, with some really good Mexican food. A few beaches are decent, and Angeles Crest is alright. The ethnic market on Broadway with the old buildings is a cool neighborhood. The skyline is cool at night.
The city will rip you off for everything you have. Parking signs are misleading, I have 1000 dollars in parking tickets in a year, parking meters can cost two dollars for an hour, the city charges you for parking on Sunday without telling you, housing is the 49/50 most expensive city in the nation. The museums, unlike the MET in NY charge you. If you are a museum do not bring your art to the Getty because it is surrounded in all directions by dry brush. The landscape is UGLY, and neighborhoods burn down each year. There is not a stream that is not encased in concrete in 100 miles. There is hardly any public space, and the recreation areas will charge you if you want to arrive there in a car (the only way to get there unless you plan to walk five or more miles). There was no city planning involved in this city, so it takes forever to get anywhere. Traffic is awful, and public transportation is the worst of any city I have been to. I have waited at a bus stop for over an hour until a lady finally told me that they had moved the stop to around the corner without changing the signs. I wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits without paying for admission, so I parked my car on the street and looked over the gate. Two seconds later my car had a 140 dollar anti-gridlock ticket on it although the sign was on the other end of the street. Although the city apparently spends none of the money it receives on anything useful like parks, it must be in desperate need of revenue. Many intersections have cameras, and even if you stop your car before the intersection at a yellow light and you are over the cross walk line, the camera will take a picture of you and send you a 500 dollar ticket that will takes you forever to contest in court, and you will lose. The city has the largest homeless population in the country. When the city raises your already high (200/year+) garbage collection fees to add additional cops, it deceptively uses the money to pay the existing cops more. Hollywood is a slum and the clubs there are a sleaze fest. Los Angeles in general is the sleaziest city I have ever been to, and many people are incredibly superficial. For a city based on the entertainment industry talent is almost non-existent. Most of the clubs you go to there are rich kids who perform for attention and clearly (at least I hope they don't) practice at all or do what they don't perform because they love music or have any aptitude for it. People are extremely cliquee, obsessed with money, will rarely stop to help people in need besides giving change to people outside 711. The city, despite its casual look, is extremely status oriented, even more than NY, and people attach themselves to people who have similar things. People rarely have their own interests, ideas or talents, all though there are a few exceptions. Silverlake is a bunch of rich hipsters who are just as conformist as everyone else, except they join groups with other anti-conformists who dress the same as they do. Many beaches are slums or dominated by shopping malls. In Venice down to Costa Mesa there are many gangs and neo-nazis, and homeless punks will get into fights and stab each other at night while sleeping on the beach. The only nice beaches are away from the city, Zuma and Palos Verdes and Laguna beach. However these are all at least an hour drive when there is no traffic. The mountains are really not that scenic or cool, and the skiing around LA sucks. Downtown is the most pathetic downtown of the most large cities in the world. The city's major source of entertainment are its cookie cutter malls which offer the same exact stores and are generally banal unless the thing you like to do is shop, which is what most people in LA like to do. The people in general are self-absorbed and try to be just as like everyone else as they possibly can. It is hard to find real friends here, and many people will backstab or forget about you if you are not constantly stroking their ego and talking about them and how fabulous they are. The city is diverse and tolerant for the most part, but people are wary of each other and the city has a history of ethnic tension and riots. The city has a real unemployment rate of twenty percent and unless you have got a lazy entertainment or business job through connections at USC or UCLA, the price of living makes it not worth living here, unless you are willing to share a small apartment with two families or five single guys. USC is composed of a bunch of rich macho wiggers who think they are the shit because they lynch UCLA bears at football games, and UCLA and Westwood are lame and boring. There is nowhere to go to retreat from the city and feel relaxed and calm, and unless you get off writing your name on your buddy's guest list and then showing up at the club and checking your name off and listening to bad bands and talking to incredibly boring people who will either like you because you live the same boring life style as they do, or dislike you because you're not part of their group or you're not wearing what they want you to wear or driving what they want you to drive, LA gets old and boring very quickly. I have been part of a group and not part of the group and they are equally rewarding in LA.
I think the people who write good reviews about LA must really hate the place too, but they are too embarrassed to admit it because hating LA is not the trend at the moment. However, if it does become popular, you can expect them to change their minds/ personality instantaneously.
Joe: Ya dude!
Fred the leader: I don't like LA anymore dude, San Diego is the shit!
Joe: Ya Bob you're a dumbass San Diego is the shit.
Bob: Ya man I was joking LOL
LA has about a billion suburbs that are essentially considered part of Los Angeles as a single city, although the city itself has only a population of some 3.7 million. Los Angeles is notorious for smog and gang-related crime; seperate inner-city working-class suburbs such as Compton or Long Beach have been made the subject of rap songs talking about the crime levels that have gained some notoriety and earned LA one of it's less-enviable titles as "the Gang Capital of the World".
Fortunately, the beautiful Pacific coastline and the numerous beaches and tropical climate offset some of the not-so-good parts of the city. LA also has an awesome music scene, a great clubbing sector, and countless appreciative cultural institutions such as the Getty Museum to visit that provide the city with a depth, culture and history that are enviable. It's an awesome city. Watch out for the traffic though.
Me: Have you ever been there
Person who has never been to Los Angeles: No but I saw Training Day
Me: Die please
2. The city that represents California to the rest of the country. In reality, Los Angeles is as dissimilar as it is possible to be from the rest of the state.
3. An amazing city that is resented by people in most other parts of the country for assorted reasons. Supposedly, we're all liberal, weed-smoking, anorexic gangsters who drive around in SUVs with a Starbucks fat-free latte permanently grasped between our manicured fingers and dream of making it big in Hollywood one day.
Okay, maybe not all at once.
LA does have a lot of suburbs, but over time they've all sort of melted together. It is divided roughly into two main regions. The City is south of the Hollywood Hills and The Valley is north of them (there's no definite line, but you usually know which one you're in. I generally go by whether you're north or south of Mulholland. Probably if you haven't been to LA you don't know what I'm talking about). Some sub-cities in The City are West Hollywood, Hollywood, Downtown, Santa Monica, and Beverley Hills. Some in The Valley are Studio City, Pasadena, Burbank, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, and Valley Village.
Truths: Usually you don't see people walking like in New York. We drive. There are tons of freeways. There is a lot of traffic and you have to learn how to navigate so that you don't get stuck on the 10 freeway for six hours. This city is immensely cosmopolitan. We have slums. We have gangs. We have good restaurants. We have many studios such as Disney, Paramount, Nickelodeon, etc. There's smog, but it's just sitting on the horizon, not bothering anyone. In fact, it makes the sunsets beautiful. We're not as superficial as people think. Our public transportation is horrible. Our public school system is broke. Our weather is perfect 99.99999% of the time. If we have more than two days of nonstop rain local news stations start a StormWatch2000 segment. People here are nice. If you pass someone on the street they will say hello and sometimes even ask you how you're doing. We have really nice museums such as the Getty Center, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), and the La Brea Tar Pits (better than it sounds). We have beaches. It is not surprising to see someone getting arrested or to sit a table away from an actor/actress at a restaurant. We're pretty laid back people. You will never run out of stuff to do here. I can't think of any place I would rather live.
Misconceptions: Hollywood is NOT THAT GREAT. If you come here you would be better off at The Grove. Many of us are, in fact, aware of the state of humanity. All of the good theme parks are in Florida. Our Universal Studios and Disneyland get old fast. We're not that obsessed with plastic surgery. We don't have big earthquakes that often, though there are minor ones now and then. I've only been in one serious quake, so all you east coast people can stop freaking out.
Home of the Rich and the Poor
Home of Oppotunity
Home of Success and Failure
Home of Sandy Beaches and Great Weather
Home of Everything from Hip-Hop to Punk
Home of Bruins and Trojans
Home of Hollywood
Home of the Beach Boys and Linkin Park
whats not to love about the City of Angels??
no one can even compare
To Live and Die in LA
2. A city located in Southern California. Los Angeles dates back all the way to the early 1500s. Thats even earlier than when the Pilgrims arrived at Plymmouth Rock. The Spanish governed first, then The Mexican government and now the U.S. L.A. became an official California and U.S. city in 1850. Since then Los Angeles has grown to become a city rich economically, culturally, and ideally. The city has everything you'll ever want. Los Angeles's size in area rivals that of New York's and Chicago's. L.A. has several communities and neighborhoods such as: Downtown L.A., Hollywood, the most famous, and Universal City. L.A.'s population consists of four main races: White, Latino, Black, and Asian. Latinos have the biggest influence ,of all the minorities, in Los Angeles. This a big reason why Los Angeles has developed to be what it is. Ofcourse Los Angeles is not all good looks and glamour. When a city like this has all this to offer you bet crime is not far behind. Los Angeles has its share of ruthless, despicable, and fearful criminals, but what major city dosen't have them? The crime in Los Angeles and all the rumors are what give L.A. it's bad name. All there is to know about this is either stay away or come see for yourself. Anyone who bad-mouths Los Angeles either does not live in L.A. or does but can't seem to get around this avoidable problem. L.A. is for those who have the balls to discover what it has to offer them. At the end of each day the sun sets and until tommorow when a new day is to be made.