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View Poll Results: What do you consider LA's waterfront?
Santa Monica 24 55.81%
Venice 11 25.58%
Long Beach 4 9.30%
San Pedro 1 2.33%
Other 3 6.98%
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Old August 26th, 2008, 04:47 AM   #1
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What do you consider LA's waterfront?

Santa Monica -- There are lots of shops, restaurants, businesses, unique architecture, and famous LA staples like Santa Monica Beach and Pier. It's an exciting place to be.

Venice -- There's a very hip, cool bohemian flair there. It's got the famous Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

Long Beach -- It has a very clean and walkable downtown area, gondola rides, lots of restaurants, major cruise ship terminal, major port, Aquarium of the Pacific, and the Queen Mary (BTW, how awesome is it that we have the Queen Mary?).

San Pedro -- There's a major port, cruise ship terminal, and some shops and restaurants. It's the "official" waterfront of LA, but it's mostly industrial and blue-collar.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 05:35 AM   #2
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i say venice, since it's within our city limits.

san pedro would be second place.

as far as the metro area, gotta be santa monica.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 05:51 AM   #3
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I say Venice. Venice is essentially the agglomeration of the L.A. lifestyle. Beauty, sun, sand, beach, grit, dreams and nightmares all rolled into one.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:00 AM   #4
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(BTW, how awesome is it that we have the Queen Mary?).
More awesome than a lot of people seem to realize! Waterfronts all over the world would shit to have that in their slip.
And I've always considered the beach at Santa Monica to be our front yard. We should 'keep' it up.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:51 AM   #5
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San Pedro is a dump.

Venice by far.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 07:03 AM   #6
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Tough choice between Venice and Santa Monica for me. Santa Monica definitely has more of a big city vibe with a very vibrant street life, which is truly unmatched anywhere else in LA county in my opinion. It always surprises me just how many pedestrians there are everywhere around downtown Santa Monica. Plus, there's the pier, which is as much an LA icon as the Hollywood sign. On the other hand, Venice just screams LA like no other neighborhood, especially at sunset. Here, the entire place is an LA icon. I believe that of all the neighborhoods in LA, Venice is the one that feels the most like its TV/Film image when you see it in real life.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 08:25 AM   #7
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Santa Monica + Venice
But more Santa Monica
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Old August 26th, 2008, 09:23 AM   #8
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San Pedro should be, but is far from anything worth noting. I'd say Venice-Malibu, but especially Venice. It's culture is much more local whereas Santa Monica is much more commercial.
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pretty good points
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Old August 26th, 2008, 05:24 PM   #10
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santa monica? maybee long beach
yehhhh sorry by mistake i voted for long beach =/
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Old August 26th, 2008, 07:28 PM   #11
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Venice for sure.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 09:03 PM   #12
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Originally from Wilmington I always believed that the Port of Los Angeles had the waterfront and Venice had the beach.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 02:50 AM   #13
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i say venice, since it's within our city limits.

san pedro would be second place.

as far as the metro area, gotta be santa monica.
I wish you wouldn't be so technical with the whole "city limits" argument. When I say LA, I am referring to LA County.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 02:51 AM   #14
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I say Venice. Venice is essentially the agglomeration of the L.A. lifestyle. Beauty, sun, sand, beach, grit, dreams and nightmares all rolled into one.
Yes! This is exactly what I was thinking!

I had a difficult time deciding between Santa Monica and Venice, but I ultimately chose Santa Monica because it's got everything -- the beach, boardwalk, and downtown.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 03:12 AM   #15
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San Pedro is a dump.
No, it's just industrial.

Slowly but surely we're recreating Downtown, Gaffey Street is getting redone, we have a lot of Loft/Condo/Apartment Construction (both conversion and new construction), and way more other stuff going on down here. In a few year, San Pedro will look totally different to the ones who don't come down here that often.

Anyways, I do agree that Venice is "The Waterfront" of LA.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 03:51 AM   #16
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I wish you wouldn't be so technical with the whole "city limits" argument. When I say LA, I am referring to LA County.
which is why i said santa monica for the metro area
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Old August 27th, 2008, 06:22 AM   #17
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I'd say all the way from Santa Monica to San Pedro, not just little individual sections along the coastline, especially since it's basically one long beach.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 07:28 AM   #18
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Old August 27th, 2008, 07:52 AM   #19
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It doesn't get more LA than Venice Beach
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Old August 27th, 2008, 09:18 PM   #20
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Venice,

From my experience most people who visit LA usually the first beach they mention to visit is Venice. I find it represent what most people think of LA beach culture.
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