Originally Posted by Manton
The idea that I am some knee-jerk LA-hater is absurd. I couldn't live there again because the traffic would make me insane but I still can appreciate the topography and lots of the buildings. When it was possible to move around freely at will (40-50 years ago?) I think I would have enjoyed living there.
Do you feel you can freely move around at will in NYC? If you feel like wandering through the cloisters but you work downtown it's not inconvenient?
It is possible to live close to your work here. That may not have been true 10 years ago, but it is now.
Hell, Genevieve works at an architecture firm and owns a business and probably spends about 40 minutes commuting total each week. She found work in our neighborhood despite it being mostly residential and turned down a higher paying job in Culver City to avoid the commute. I could work closer to home, probably in Downtown, which would have me in the car not more than 20 minutes each way. I don't because I like the job I have now, but if it was more important to me to drive less I most likely could. We rarely need to leave our neighborhood and can avoid driving in our leisure time if we don't want to.
I'm not saying traffic isn't a problem, but there are ways to minimize your exposure to it if you are so determined, and I don't see how that is a problem unique to Los Angeles. Traffic within NYC and San Francisco seems much worse to me for example. There are just disgusting trains that you can use to bypass the cluster for much of the city if you want.