Saturday, February 21, 2009

Can Someone Remind Me Why I Moved Here?

Los Angeles just might be the worst laid-out city in America.

It tries to accommodate the population of a city into a sprawling suburbia. This doesn't work.

If you want to be a city, you need to be a city. There needs to be accessible and safe public transportation and more places to walk.

All of these cars trying to fit into too few parking spaces doesn't work. It's almost comical how poorly planned this city is.

The worst part is, in the twenties, LA was on its way to becoming a functioning city. But then General Motors bought out the entire electric street car system in the Great Street Car Conspiracy so that people would have to buy cars. It worked...for the company at the time. But in the end, we all lost.

This is a tragedy not just for environmental reasons. But because it makes LA a really shitty place to live. If they could move people around the way they do in New York, Chicago, London, Paris, or anywhere in Europe, this place could really be great. Instead, it's inconvenient and massive amounts of time are wasted every day trying to find parking. Not to mention the damage to our environment, and even to our own well beings, given the lack of human interaction and the dangers of driving.

Guess what, guys? I miss New York.

24 comments:

c. Allan t. said...

that place is a wretched hive of scum and villainy -- with nice weather. i hate that their downtown district is empty by 6pm. i hate how much L.A. traffic dictates the pace of your personal life, making it such a mental burden not knowing if you're going to arrive at your destination in time (or the complete opposite -- you end up overcompensating and getting there way too early and looking like a jackass). i hate that their car culture de-personalizes everyone. for you, i wish the entertainment industry had been based in frisco.

skippy said...

Hey, Ali. Sorry that it stinks. I think a lot of East Coasters would have told you that. I hated LA when I was out there too. But, you moved there for your career. Don't let the fact that it sucks there stand in the way of that. You've got talent and so LA is (probably) the right place for you to be. Go start getting noticed!!!

WEward said...

If you were to view the Earth as a living being, LA is cancer.

ajgentile said...

I'm from New York and I miss New York.

I love living here. It is a deeply flawed place, yes. But the pros far outweigh the cons.

Anonymous said...

Go back to New York and stop your bitching.

erikbutrick said...

no shit, dumbass. l.a. has always been a hellhole.

Eddie Lazio said...

I understand your pain. I have lived out here for four years and feel stuck in one place at times. Fortunately I get tons of writing done and don't drink as much because I have to drive everywhere I go. These are good things. NYC may be better in some respects but the weather is not. LA weather is paradise- no humidity, virtually no rain for eleven months, and sunny 95 percent of the year. Give it a chance. It's not so bad once you get used to it.

Anonymous said...

they don't call it "hell-A" for nothing... wacka wacka

Anonymous said...

If LA was soo terrible, then why do so many people live there? Atleast you can drive in LA. I know a few people in New York who have cars that refuse to drive in that city because they can walk faster. Alteast in LA, you're not getting rained or snowed on when your walking.

Dan Coyle said...

That sucks, but I hope at least you're getting some work.

someonewhocares said...

yike.

Anonymous said...

"Guess what, guys" should not have a ? after it. Get back on the grammar train.

Ryan said...

Seriously, nobody forced you to move here. Shut up.

[व्हिक्टर] said...

I know coming from the East Coast can be a bit of a change, but once you're here long enough you should get used to it. I've only gotten used to it over the past 3 years just because I just got a car, but it's a fun little nook in the corner it is, I promise.

Anonymous said...

Texas. Nuff said.

Alison M said...

We miss you too Alison!

ithinkyoureamazing said...

New York misses you too, Ms. Becker!

Your #1 (New Yorker) Fan,
Rudiger

Dave said...

Question: Is Mayne Street done or just in offseason mode? I have no idea one way or the other. I guess what I'm saying is, I think your great. I'm siked to see you again.

And yes, I'm linking to my Twitter page because I'm just that sad.

sammy22 said...

I am a little confused.
You have BEEN to L.A. before, right?
Did you think it had magically transformed into a utopian city? What were you expecting?
Perhaps you were a bit hasty in fleeing New York?

Anonymous said...

O.K., It has been 14 days since your last post.
Either your weeping and curled up in a ball on the floor wishing you were back in NYC, OR, you've been reminded of "why" you moved to LA and are out partying it up with Bret Micheals.

Personally, I hope, it's because you've been so busy working

Bonedaddy said...

AB - hope all is going well... heard you ran into Tim! At least LA has the great burger, hot dog, taco joint. And Roscoe's chicken & waffles. Always about food with me. Let's catch up sometime. Just posted about you on twitter http://tinyurl.com/d25ssm
Good luck!

mk

Anonymous said...

Here's a useless tidbit... LA county is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined! As a recent transplant from LA to NYC, I now laugh with derisive mocking at anyone who refers to one location being "far away" from any other location in Manhattan. Comedy!

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