Analysis of LA from a transplant It can also be very judgmental regarding how involved someone is with their community, or their career, there's constant pressure to join community organizations and it's frowned upon if you don't by most 20 40 somethings who work in the midwest corporate culture (at least where I'm from).
I agree with this. I also want to point out people from the bay area (I went to UCLA for undergrad, so it was approximately half and half socal and norcal from my experience) LOVE to call everything about LA fake. That has always bothered me, because the things they would point out would basically be luxuries (nicer cars, dressing up more remember this is the UCLA area). However I think that notion makes them superficial but not in the more stereotypical way. I definitely dont have nice things (still in school!) but I really dont care if someone wants to spend their money on a nicer car, even if its far from a priority of mine. But my impression was that the people from mainly the bay area had this almost obsession with hating womens oakley sunglasses sale on LA for the most mundane reasons. This even applies to people that I like otherwise and call a good friend I just learned to tune out when they would get into this bay vs LA thing If I had to pick a place that symbolized the so called SoCal superficiality, it would be south OC (949) but even then I would be doing it a disservice because Ive met a good amount of people from there who are not even close to thar I agree with this. I also want to point out people from the bay area (I went to UCLA for undergrad, so it was approximately half and half socal and norcal from my experience) LOVE to call everything about LA fake. That has always bothered me, because the things they would point out would basically be luxuries (nicer cars, dressing up more remember this is the UCLA area). However I think that notion makes them superficial but not in the more stereotypical way. I definitely dont have nice things (still in school!) but I really dont care if someone wants to spend their money on a nicer car, even if its far oakley spectacles from a priority of mine. This isn't a perfect analogy, but the san francisco, LA rivalry kinds of reminds me of Boston vs New York. In that the other sort of hates each other (even for superficial reasons). I think San Fran and LA are both mature cities. talent, human capital, industry, certain economic engines and vantage points). The bay area has tech, google, stanford, berkeley. LA, and orange county has UC Irvine, UCLA, various business schools, some big philanthropy (Eli Broad). It's almost like a battle to be oakley glasses clearance the supreme city of the state. About LA (for any transplant), I think you have to talk about the major difference in home prices in the valley, vs LA basin. They've diverged majorly in the last 20 25 years IMO. Northridge homes peaked in Jan '06 at $750 k. Now at $445 k. A decline of 43%. Silver lake peaked at $791, now $637! Similar thing in Westchester, about $820 to $615. Venice is still crazy, $850 k?!? Winnetka and Sherman Oaks down 40%. I think there was a big investor class that kept home prices in west la high. In other places, I think that kind of difference would have been gone. I remember in Chicago, people who lived in "the city" could be very judgmental about anyone who dared step foot into a suburb. I always thought that was really dumb. Yet if they were buying something expensive, they might goto the suburbs themselves because sales tax was a few percentage points lower than the actual city. There is this exaggerated hatred of the suburbs. I really can't see anyone in LA caring if someone decides to go shop in Burbank, Simi Valley, OC, wherever. You never see the anti suburb mentality in LA to the same extent as you would in Chicago (at least via reading these forums). This anti suburb mentality also exists in some smaller cities as well. This is one major thing I really like about LA, is you are not forced to live in an inner city neighborhood in order to find a lot of interesting things to do. And you have tons of living options in individual areas that can all make sense. I think this makes the city really tough for people raising children, however, but for childless people or single people it's great. And quite honestly, if you want to live in a nice, more suburban area of LA with lots going on, the prices are not necessarily as insane compared to nicer inner city neighborhoods in other cities that have comparable amenities. When I compare Pasadena to similar options in other cities, it is inevitably always areas that are quite expensive and probably one of the more top areas of a city. Maybe cheaper than Pasadena, but not necessarily as big of a difference as one might expect. The overall base of "coolness" and "unique stuff to do" is much higher in LA than most places. For example, a B/C area in LA is often has as much going for it as A locations in other cities.
What makes LA tough is the lack of semi close affordable cookie oakley sunglasses cost cutter neighborhoods for lower middle class singles and middle class families. Those areas are 90 minute+ commutes from the city.
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