I just got back a week ago from a short, spur of the moment trip to Los Angeles (LA). Poor LA can sometimes get a bad rap, especially from city planners (my profession) who complain about the excessive highways and regional sprawl. But it’s really growing on me. In fact, it’s on the cusp of blossoming into another, more interesting phase in its existence. This is my fourth time in Los Angeles, now. I find that the key to enjoying LA, and to connecting with real people who live there, is to stay in a residential neighbourhood (and yes, this typically means relying on a service like AirBnB). It can also involve my favourite hobby of riding a light rail/ subway line and getting off at different stops to explore on foot. While In LA this time, I stayed in Silver Lake, and spent some time cruising the Gold Line. A friend also introduced me to a well-kept secret, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.
Here, for your viewing pleasure, are some photos.