Ahhh, Los Angeles …. it’s one of those you “either love it or hate it” things. Below is a brief but quite informative and entertaining video. You be the judge.
Also known as “City of Angels” (“Angeles” means angels in Spanish) and nicknamed L.A, it has the largest population in California and you can actually feel it with numerous little hubs spread all across the city. According to the 2010 census, 3,792,621 people live in this Southern California city. Additionally, L.A. County is considered the most ethnically diverse in the U.S.
It truly is the entertainment capital of the world. People from all over come to the City of Angels to be in the entertainment business, and as a result many beautiful people (men and women) with big dreams live in the city.
According to Wikipedia, Los Angeles is globally #1 when it comes to creating anything to do with entertainment like TV and movie productions, video games and all genres of music. It is also strong when it comes to business, fashion, science, technology, research, tourism and more. The city hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984.
Unfortunately, just like any other city, it isn’t without setbacks. It endured severe racial riots in 1965 and 1992. The latter riot was supposedly triggered by the infamous Rodney King beating by the police, which was captured in video.
Some might say that L.A. lags behind New York City culturally. Maybe so, but it certainly has come a long way. It does have the intriguing Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, one of many landmarks. This one is definitely one to experience personally.
The famous The Getty Center by renowned architect Richard Meier which reportedly cost $1.3 billion (that’s $1,300,000,000) to build, Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Armand Hammer Museum and more are located in the city. Venues like the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion located downtown and the David Geffen Playhouse in the neighboring Westwood area are popular with theatergoers, and some smaller auditoriums also abound.
Los Angeles is subject to earthquakes (nothing new here), the most recent being the Northridge earthquake in 1994 which had a magnitude of 6.7. It is subject to earthquakes because it is located in what is called the Pacific Rim of Fire where a large amount of eruptions take place in the Pacific Ocean basin.
The climate in L.A. is one of the best in the world. As the song goes, “it never rains in southern California,” and it’s true. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a drought this year. When rain does come pouring down, watch out! Drivers on the road go a bit nuts as they are not used to driving under wet conditions. Additionally, because it seldom rains, the smog situation is not good and air quality is affected negatively.
The city gets really hot occasionally during summer, sometimes the temperature goes above 90°+ but the heat doesn’t usually last for more than 12-14 days in total. However short that may be though, having air-conditioning at home is a big help for a lot of people in order to be comfortable.
Los Angeles is populated by individuals from many countries worldwide, 140+ countries per last count, a true melting pot. So, if you love food, you will have a variety to choose from. This place is both a haven and heaven for foodies. Excellent restaurants are plentiful, both pricey and cheap and new ones cropping up all the time.
This Web Site will focus on some of the various smaller but interesting “hubs” in the city with links where you can get more information.
So what are you waiting for? Come and visit LA … you’ll love it, smog and all!