I lived in Los Angeles for five years. It was big, loud and occasionally smelly, so really it had all the hallmarks of any great big city, but it was spread out. Living in New York now, I look back on my time there and realize that it never felt like a city. There was simply too much sprawl. I recently had a chance to return to Los Angeles for the first time in years, and was amazed at how much it had changed. New developments and new city ordinances are changing the landscape of Downtown Los Angeles. Here’s how.Los Angeles shouldn’t even be a city. The only reason it survived in the harsh desert climate it inhabits is the diverting of the Owens River to provide water (as dramatized in the film Chinatown). The plus side of having a city here are the sunrises and sunsets – the clouds are usually sparse and high in the atmosphere, creating the city’s trademark orange and pinks.
The author’s travels were sponsored by Level Furnished Living.