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Eddie97 Nov 17, 2006 6:56 AM

This is the best thread I have ever seen on LA. Thanks to all who contributed.


Wheelingman04 Nov 17, 2006 8:26 AM

Some of the best LA photos I have ever seen.

flar Nov 17, 2006 12:25 PM


cmoonflyer Nov 17, 2006 4:43 PM

Quixote Nov 18, 2006 3:07 AM


dktshb Nov 18, 2006 7:14 PM


Originally Posted by edluva
Say what one will about LA's skyline "for its size", but while chicago has a huge skyline, downtown, whatever, or while it may feel more "city-like", one look at these panos and I'm reminded of how Chicago feels rather smallish in comparison. LA does not tempt a summary of its totality via it's downtown, it's best art museum, its urbanism, its architecture, or any other singular, readily concievable, easily measurable testament to man's technical ingenuity and will. It takes a lot more than that with LA. LA may not be as grandiose as Paris, NY, London, or SF, but it's much grander within the human psyche. As often as I feel the urge to just cut and leave sometimes, something draws me back. LAs the consummation of all my fascination with the human condition - through LA, I understand cities to be extensions of our collective spirit the way art is a reflection of the artist's soul. In my mind, LA is a manifestation far greater than its physical aesthetic. Yes, every city should avoid becoming hollywood in favor of ballet, theatre, and other "real arts". Yes, every city must build great parks, bridges, and museums, fight global franchise establishments, and all that other romantic stuff. Everybody talks about how LA has no center, how it sprawls too much to be a real city (as seen in these panos), how it's suburban, how it lacks "sense of place", of how NY doesn't. LA is a place in mind. If Chicago is the modernist city archetype, LA is the postmodern world in which we realize the value of archetypes.


:yes: I agree, it's almost like LA really takes ahold of your subconscious ... there is that "feeling" about it that's almost spiritual yet not tangible to describe.
Whenever I find myself fed up with some of its "imperfections" the thought of leaving runs through my head, but that thought is immediately followed by a gut panic attack feeling because for me, there is no other place that has more of a "sense of place" than LA.

RAlossi Nov 20, 2006 3:52 AM

I love this city and everything about it. The mayor, the expanding transit, the people, the food, the history, the architecture...

The best part is that more and more Angelenos are starting to feel the same way. Our "self-loathing complex" is starting to be shaken, and not a moment too soon!

Thanks, everyone, for the panos!

TMitch Nov 24, 2006 5:44 AM

I lived in Los Angeles for 5 years up until a year ago. I absolutely miss it. I have come to understand that many will not appreciate it or give it an opportunity to do so. I absolutely miss living there.

I currently live in Chicago and would move back to Los Angeles in a moment. To me it is far more its own world than Chicago. The Landscape of LA is mixed with such a variety of buildings, densities, people, and terrain.

BTW, excellent shots.

peacefu603 Dec 11, 2006 6:38 AM


KevinFromTexas Dec 11, 2006 10:13 AM

Awesome panos. I have that last one by Dave saved on my computer as "Los Angeles The Pan"

And this one looks like it came out of a "Where's Waldo" book.

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