Make me love LA.
January 5, 2012 8:57 AM Subscribe
I've never liked LA, but I have a job opportunity there and I'm about to spend a week checking out the city. Tell me what you love about it and what I should see. More inside!
I've never really liked LA. I grew up outside of New York, then put in a few years in Brooklyn. I've lived in Seoul and Chicago, too. My favorite thing about a city is the walkability- the ability to walk and watch the city change under your feet. The shared experience of several million people cramming into subway cars and dealing with each other. Tiny basement rock clubs and weird bars. Etc. New York is eminently walkable, Seoul not so much, but it has comprehensive public transport.
I've spent about 10 days, on two trips, in LA and I kind of hated it. Public transportation is non-existent and confusing, walking anywhere gets you a weird look and even the downtown seem cramped, quiet and lonely.
But now I got a job offer and I'm thinking about moving there. I'll be in town for a week of meetings and I've got 3 or 4 days to kind of poke my nose around and fall in love with the place. What'd I miss? What should I see? Am I totally wrong here?