Just for today, I have this image of LA as an octopus without a heart.
I used to frown upon the snobbish attitude of the East Coasters but I’m beginning to change my mind.
Is the weather better in LA? I must be joking to even pose this question. The weather in NYC and DC is horrid!
Is it easy to be close to nature, valleys, mountains, parks in LA instead of seeing highrises all around you? My wise office mate Candace reminded me of all the beauty in LA. And Candace is always right.
Other than that? It is embarrassing to admit that after visiting these two cities for just a short time, it’s hard to be impressed by my city. Yes, I can come up with many great attributes of LA, but I will not be that sincere. Yes, it does look like women here have more Botox and facelifts than any other place in the world, so should I be proud of that record?
Both NYC and DC (hot and humid, which I abhor) were vibrant, exciting, energetic, and the most important attribute was seeing feet… I’m talking about people actually walking … like you can see their whole bodies … unlike L.A., where all we see is the top half behind a steering wheel.
They have public transportation, and ‘yes’ the subway can be dangerous, but on the other hand we’ve got drive-by shootings …
And, why don’t we have more theatre here? God knows we have the space to build it?
What Los Angeles lacks more than anything else is a sense of intimacy and community.
There are hundreds of reasonable explanations, but it really doesn’t make any difference. An explanation is not a justification. It’s still a sleepy town, and it is still not vibrant. And you can talk about the emergence of DTLA and places like Silverlake etc, but how many theatres do we have here? How often do you bump into another human being and most importantly, how often do you walk?
Let’s face it, in LA you have to drive your car in order to walk, as in: “Let’s drive to Santa Monica, so that we can walk in 3rd street promenade”. Something is wrong with this picture!
Did you ever go to a place that felt “just right”? Maybe you were a tourist, a new resident – but did you feel like you were going back to a familiar place and you had that feeling in your bones that you had come home … and that even if this is not home, you can make it a home? That is how I felt in New York City and Washington D.C.
So, I’ve lived in LA for more than 35 years. I love my house, my beautiful backyard and many other things, but it’s not home – at least not for today.