Top 10 Reasons to Love Los Angeles and Never, Ever Leave
Is there another city on earth that is a reasonable driving distance away from the desert, snow-capped mountains, beach and the happiest place on earth, aka Tijuana?
We're no Rand McNally, but we seriously doubt it. Throw in slightly less reasonable medium-sized journeys from Los Angeles to Catalina Island, San Francisco and Las Vegas (OK, fine, Disneyland too), and you have to admit: Not only is L.A. great, it's close to a lot of great shit.
6. Round, Round, Get Around
OK. Real talk. Traffic in L.A. is horrible, L.A. roads are crumbling, and it's so goddamn big that getting around seems like an impossible vision quest.
But you no longer have to drive! We've got a Los Angeles subway system now (sort of), and light rail that actually runs from downtown L.A. to the Westside (in a manner of speaking), and the fantastically successful San Fernando Valley Orange Line busway and other buses that aren't that bad (so we hear). Not to mention a whole lot of Los Angeles bike lanes, and another 43 miles of bike lanes coming to L.A., thanks to Mayor Antonio "I'll Be in D.C. If You Need Me" Villaraigosa.
Getting by sans car is becoming an actual, plausible option, and by 2050 it might actually be preferable (when we run out of gas and have fracked the last of the Baldwin Hills).
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Also, in case you haven't heard, the Los Angeles River has been fully designated a real river again! Can steamboat trips from Van Nuys to Boyle Heights be far behind? (Probably.)
5. It's Not New York
New Yorkers can't take L.A. It's just too chill for them. People here aren't sprinting to catch the subway or desperately striving for success like they are over there. Here we take the long view. Sure, we want to be famous, we want our screenplay to sell, we want to bang that hostess/waitress/girl waiting at the counter at Mozza.
Life is hard. Sometimes, you need the loving embrace of a group of people that will take you in, wash you up and control your actions for the next six months until you run away screaming to a policeman and/or journalist. That's where cults come in, and Los Angeles is the cult capital of Xenu's great universe. Scientology, Mormans, Kabbalah, Atkins diet, AA ... heck we're pretty sure there might even be some Jews left. Los Angeles is like the Las Vegas buffet of cults -- just watch out for the shrimp (aka Christianity). It's been sitting out for a few days.