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post #16 of 104
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i'm not so sure. i remember in the '80s and '90s there was an almost never-ending discussion about the sorry state of LA ... and that was here (Mike Davis style). i haven't been to one of those parties in a long long time. either all those people moved back to new york, or they've been successfully co-opted by teh perfect weather, fabulous scenery and amazing cultural diversity that we have here icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

i'm not sure what this has to do with mine or g's point. but then i didn't really understand his point either. i mean who cares about san francisco (besides san franciscans and people from portland)?
post #17 of 104
Shopping and food in LA >> Shopping and food in NYC, in general. Yeah, haters gonna hate, but the geographic vastness of the place allows a lot of slightly eccentric, idiosyncratic, places in LA to flourish and develop their own atmosphere. In NYC, everything in the LES looks like is belongs in the LES, everything uptown is uptown, etc... LA is full of genuine, amazing, surprises. That said, you can throw a rock and hit a decent place if you are not in NYC, and not in Times Square. In LA, you can drive 2 hours and not figure out where you are going.
post #18 of 104
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Appreciate the intent and effort of the thread but it's bound to die quickly since no one really cares about LA. People care about NYC, SF, maybe Chicago... Who wants to talk (or argue) about LA?

There's no need to talk about L.A. endlessly because people in L.A. are actually enjoying being in L.A. (minus the traffic).
post #19 of 104
If you don't like it, you can always leave.
post #20 of 104
  • Our tap water tastes like ass.
  • Urban sprawl.
  • Driving 45+ minutes to get good Chinese.
  • The Valley.
post #21 of 104
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  • Our tap water tastes like ass.

Not true! http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lawater25feb25,0,5886727.story

Also, I find the Valley to be kind of beautiful in a weird way. Some of Paul Thomas Anderson's movies captured it well.
post #22 of 104
The traffic and perhaps the lack of an "urban" city feel (if one actually gives a shit about that) are probably the only legitimate gripes. It's not the greatest city for say, fine dining or finance, but it's adequate enough.

The "vapid, shallow" stereotype that gets thrown around a lot by non-Angelenos is ridiculous in itself, and annoying in its ubiquity.
post #23 of 104
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Not true! http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lawater25feb25,0,5886727.story
Some of Paul Thomas Anderson's movies captured it well.

Truth. I really like him as a director if only because he films the SF Valley lovingly instead of falling into the banal suburbia-is-characterless-hell shit. He must've grown up somewhere near me because I recognize virtually every location in his movies.
post #24 of 104
Hey, I'm stretching here! I love this city beyond words.

How about this one: just another clear and sunny day in LA:
post #25 of 104
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USC is pretty awful.
post #26 of 104
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USC is pretty awful.
people who went to usc are pretty awful (hey all!). but USC is also part of the greatness of LA. Seriously -- where else is the most exclusive private college located in the worst possible neighborhood, while the public school is built on some of the most expensive real estate imaginable? it's perfect LA
post #27 of 104
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people who went to usc are pretty awful (hey all!). but USC is also part of the greatness of LA. Seriously -- where else is the most exclusive private college located in the worst possible neighborhood, while the public school is built on some of the most expensive real estate imaginable? it's perfect LA

IIRC their founder's quote actually mentioned something about "the white master race" achieving dominance over all others.
post #28 of 104
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people who went to usc are pretty awful (hey all!). but USC is also part of the greatness of LA. Seriously -- where else is the most exclusive private college located in the worst possible neighborhood, while the public school is built on some of the most expensive real estate imaginable? it's perfect LA

This explains so much.
post #29 of 104
If I was an LA person I would quickly get ticked that so much of what passes for US current culture models itself, or references itself, off what is perceived to be LA. I'm sure the reference point is actually fallacious more often that accurate and that would also end up bothering me.
post #30 of 104
for our little hipster. 7th and metro, 6:30 p.m. yesterday.

and for piob ... you get used to it. all new yorkers aren't howard stern and all canadians aren't garth or wayne ... wait ...
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