Many of your points are valid, but I don't think this one is. In addition having lived in Brentwood and the Palisades at times, I've lived in various parts of Hollywood and Hollywood-adjacent, Venice, Beverlywood/SoRo, and Los Feliz (south of LF Boulevard, in the "flats" and not the chi-chi "hills" bordering Griffith Park). In addition, I've spent considerable time at the homes of friends and family in areas such as West Hollywood, the ambiguous "midtown", West Adams (some of the most architecturally beautiful homes you'll ever see, btw), Mount Washington/Glassel Park, Monterrey Heights, and almost-LA neighborhoods like Pasadena and South Pas, San Gabriel, and various parts of the Torrance/South Bay area. All have their pluses and minuses, but none can fairly described as "smeg". LA certainly has plenty of crappy housing and crappy neighborhoods, but it has a lot of great ones, too. I live in Silverlake, yes both Los Feliz and Mount Washington are some highlights. Upon moving to LA I lived in both San Gabriel and Pasadena, these are nice parts of town to. Given the size of Los Angeles these communities I feel don't compensate about how I feel about the city as a whole.