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I've been looking at tons of threads lately and ive noticed that people always underrate LA. Just because LA doesn't have the largest skyline or watever it dusnt mean its not important. Does anyone agree that LA is one of the most underrated cities on SSC?
 

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I completely agree! And I'm so tired of people who only know Los Angeles from tv and films making sweeping generalizations and dissing this great city. A few seasons ago Bill Maher on his HBO Show Real Time had a few things to say about how California is viewed, which I think is directed more towards Southern California and Los Angeles specifically rather than San Diego, San Francisco or anyplace else in California. Here's the transcript:

"Lay off California... California has a lot of people. And the reason it does is a lot of people from other states saying, 'F*ck this, I'm out of here'... Make fun of California but if it weren't for California east coast rappers would have to shoot musicians from Branson. If it weren't for California there'd be no almost no TV and you'd have to come at night and actually talk to your family. You know the rest of America feels about California the way the rest of the world feels about America. They hate us because we do what we want, they think we're too blessed and too free and it drives them nuts in the dreary hovels of Kabul and Tekrit and Lubbock, Texas. They pray to their threadbare gods that we'll get what we deserve but it won't happen. Because you never know what we're going to do here next. We elected Ronald Reagan and Jerry Brown. We're home to Disney and Hustler, the Partridge Family and the Manson Family. We can drink a Mudslide and a Sex On The Beach during an actual mudslide while having sex on the beach. Our farms feed the world and Calista Flockhart lives here. We have bears and great white sharks and even our washed-up actors are allowed to kill one blonde chick. We invented surfing and cyberporn and LSD and the boob job - and if we didn't, we would have. We have oranges, lots of free oranges - what grows on the trees in Scranton, f*cker? We have a real hockey team named after a hockey team in a movie. Our Indian casinos can kick your Indian casino's ass. We give our illegal aliens driver's licenses and we have a guy running for governor who digs group sex. Would anywhere else in America trade places with LA or San Francisco in a piss-soaked New York minute? You bet they would because i don't recall anyone ever writing a song saying, 'I Wish They All Could be Rhode Island Girls'..."

Okay, he's a comedian and it was very tongue-in-cheek, but I think Bill just about nailed it. People who diss Los Angeles and constantly underrate it are just plain jealous.
 

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i was watching the show and thinking the same thing. Hes great. And to answer the question, most people here have never been to LA and judge based on TV shows and heresay. LA is definitley misunderstood and underappreciated.

By the way, were did you find the transcript to the show? is it on the webpage?
 

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I have that episode TiVo'd and just transcribed it, just in case I needed to shut someone up and make a point - that Los Angeles rocks.
 

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LA IS NOT UNDERRATED. It is one of the greatest cities in the world and everyone knows it. It is just dumbasses who say that shit. In no way do i think LA is underrated it is rated just they way it should be. At the top
 

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I've been looking at tons of threads lately and ive noticed that people always underrate LA. Just because LA doesn't have the largest skyline or watever it dusnt mean its not important. Does anyone agree that LA is one of the most underrated cities on SSC?

I do, which is why I made it its own forum, where y'all can talk without the trolling typically found on the net of LA. I just wish this got better traffic and posting. I had honestly expected this to become one of the busier metro forums...
 

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We have a real hockey team named after a hockey team in a movie.
We can drink a Mudslide and a Sex On The Beach during an actual mudslide while having sex on the beach.
That's golden.

But I agree with Jasonhouse in saying that I would think that this would be a subforum that would be as busy as the New York or Miami forum. But I agree that LA is way underrated on this forum. Only because they figure that LA is what LA is when they watch Boys in the Hood or 187. They assume that gans rule the planet. They don't realize that LA is a beautiful place. LA is a world class city. How can people NOT say that LA culture has affected the world?
 

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coming from a guy who lived in HK for 15 years and some time in Tokyo and NYC, sorry but LA sucks... even though I've been living here for 6 years... until I see the new apts downtown get completed I wouldn't hold my breath

LA is totally overrated...
 

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Yep, L.A. sucks because it's not as great as three of the greatest cities in the entire world. There's basically the top five, and then after that, every place sucks big time.
 

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coming from a guy who lived in HK for 15 years and some time in Tokyo and NYC, sorry but LA sucks... even though I've been living here for 6 years... until I see the new apts downtown get completed I wouldn't hold my breath

LA is totally overrated...
The styles are diffierent. How can you compare these? We drive and they ride the buses or subways. I like LA.
 

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LA is maybe the most prominent cities in the world media wise so i don't think we are underrated like that. And we are one of the ten largest cities in the world, but we are young. NY, Tokyo, London are like in their prime men while we are like 17 year old teen males just ready to play with the big boys. So more respect will come in the future.
 

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In case you all couldn't tell, I was being sarcastic. I hate it when people say that a city doesn't compare to New York so it obviously sucks. That's just plain stupid. Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Portland, heck even Salt Lake City are all cities that I do not think are as great as Los Angeles but I would not mind to live in any of them. People need to understand that just because a city is not the best city in the world does not make it a crappy city.
 

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spicytimothy said:
coming from a guy who lived in HK for 15 years and some time in Tokyo and NYC, sorry but LA sucks... even though I've been living here for 6 years... until I see the new apts downtown get completed I wouldn't hold my breath

LA is totally overrated...
just because you've lived in those cities, you think that you can say los angeles is overrated without giving specifics? ok, let's play that game. let's see, i've lived in tokyo, hong kong, honolulu, guam, moscow, st. petersburg, kiev, paris, prague, budapest, bratislava, london, new york, washington dc and san francisco. i may be forgetting a few, but that's a pretty good list to work from. just because i've got more cities to compare to los angeles doesn't make that argument any more valid. so find an argument or you're just spewing dogma and showing how incapable you are of discourse.

i love many of the cities i just named and invariably, the natives were fascinated with los angeles and wanted to know what it was like to live here, they've all wanted to at least visit. los angeles has captured many hearts and minds internationally, has influenced culture greatly and the impact is immeasurable. what is overrated about it? there's always going to be a better beach, a better skyline, a better public transport system, etc. let's talk about the totality of los angeles. let's get specific because your lack of a cohesive argument and so-called participation in this forum is overrated and tiresome.

i do wish we had a subway system like paris or washington dc. the beaches in guam are amazing, but then again it is in such close proximity to the deepest part of the ocean (the marianas trench) and doesn't support as large a population as los angeles. since this is a skyscraper forum i'm sure that many can weigh in on skylines from around the globe. has anyone here been just as taken aback by the view of paris from the steps of the basilique du sacre couer or prague from the castle at night? i've stood on top of the fort overlooking san francisco bay as well as coit tower and felt like i was on top of the world. these are all world-class cities, but i want to know what else others like about los angeles that can tip the scales in its favor that we want to live here. i have many reasons, i joined this forum to get insight and to see what universality those reasons hold. anybody else?
 

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I completely agree! And I'm so tired of people who only know Los Angeles from tv and films making sweeping generalizations and dissing this great city. A few seasons ago Bill Maher on his HBO Show Real Time had a few things to say about how California is viewed, which I think is directed more towards Southern California and Los Angeles specifically rather than San Diego, San Francisco or anyplace else in California. Here's the transcript:

"Lay off California... California has a lot of people. And the reason it does is a lot of people from other states saying, 'F*ck this, I'm out of here'... Make fun of California but if it weren't for California east coast rappers would have to shoot musicians from Branson. If it weren't for California there'd be no almost no TV and you'd have to come at night and actually talk to your family. You know the rest of America feels about California the way the rest of the world feels about America. They hate us because we do what we want, they think we're too blessed and too free and it drives them nuts in the dreary hovels of Kabul and Tekrit and Lubbock, Texas. They pray to their threadbare gods that we'll get what we deserve but it won't happen. Because you never know what we're going to do here next. We elected Ronald Reagan and Jerry Brown. We're home to Disney and Hustler, the Partridge Family and the Manson Family. We can drink a Mudslide and a Sex On The Beach during an actual mudslide while having sex on the beach. Our farms feed the world and Calista Flockhart lives here. We have bears and great white sharks and even our washed-up actors are allowed to kill one blonde chick. We invented surfing and cyberporn and LSD and the boob job - and if we didn't, we would have. We have oranges, lots of free oranges - what grows on the trees in Scranton, f*cker? We have a real hockey team named after a hockey team in a movie. Our Indian casinos can kick your Indian casino's ass. We give our illegal aliens driver's licenses and we have a guy running for governor who digs group sex. Would anywhere else in America trade places with LA or San Francisco in a piss-soaked New York minute? You bet they would because i don't recall anyone ever writing a song saying, 'I Wish They All Could be Rhode Island Girls'..."

Okay, he's a comedian and it was very tongue-in-cheek, but I think Bill just about nailed it. People who diss Los Angeles and constantly underrate it are just plain jealous.
[email protected] jealous of LA. Yes I'm jealous of Los Angeles, the gang wars, police chases, murderers and street thugs, and not to mention your crooked police force. You'all can have your Crips and Bloods :)
 
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