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I'm so wet looking at these photos lol
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LOS ANGELES | DOWNTOWN PART 15

CHINATOWN EXCLUSIVE 2

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LOS ANGELES | DOWNTOWN PART 16

So the rest of these Downtown photos will be mainly areas I haven't covered yet. Don't worry, the photos are still somewhat new. I have to apologize I have no photos of the Bradbury Building! However, I have GREAT news for people who still wants more photos of Downtown...

I decided that our very trendy Arts District deserves its own section in this thread! However, I'm not sure if I should post those photos right after this Downtown section or after I post photos of Venice Beach and Santa Monica. Please keep posting comments! I don't want to have too many photos per page, so I'm keeping it down to 5 per post.

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LOS ANGELES | DOWNTOWN PART 17

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LOS ANGELES | DOWNTOWN PART 18

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Old Posted Aug 8, 2014, 8:30 AM
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LOS ANGELES | DOWNTOWN PART 19

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Old Posted Aug 8, 2014, 8:45 AM
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LOS ANGELES | DOWNTOWN PART 20 FINAL

This is end of the first Downtown LA section. However, this is NOT the very last, as I have a comprehensive section for the Arts District! As of now, we'll take a break from Downtown LA photos. We're going to jump to the beach cities (Venice, Santa Monica) for our next part. And yes, it's going to be a bigger section than Downtown LA.

I'm not sure whether to do a Hollywood or Arts District thread afterward. I don't have the photos for Hollywood yet, so I might need suggestions of places to capture.

As you can see, this is a very comprehensive thread. It might get repetitive at times, but I'm going to do my best to show photos of Los Angeles in the best light possible. Enjoy!

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Old Posted Aug 9, 2014, 7:08 AM
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LOS ANGELES | BEACH CITIES PART 1

My thread is kind of boring so here's an intro about the photos I'll be posting.

Now that I covered DTLA, I can now start covering other areas! There's no way I could have a thread of Los Angeles without talking about Venice Beach or Santa Monica, right? So here's an intro to Venice and Santa Monica.

Venice Beach:
Venice Beach is 3.1 sq mi and is located south of Santa Monica, and north of Marina Del Rey (I never been there and it sounds boring so please convince me). Venice Beach is where you'll get that LA-vibe and I'm telling ya, you've never been to LA if you've never been to Venice Beach. And thanks to Abbot Kinney, who developed the Venice Canals, Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and the world-famous Venice Boardwalk, Venice Beach attracts millions of people each year.

Trip advise:
The photos I'll be posting are from my very recent Venice trip on 07/19/2014. I parked my car by Venice Canals, explored that area, then walked from Washington Blvd to the pier. I got from the pier to the Venice Boardwalk quickly though it's a short, boring stretch. After Venice Boardwalk, I was able to walk to Abbot Kinney Blvd very quickly within a few blocks. AK easily takes me back to Venice Canal, so I walked in a large triangle. I'm a slow walker because I take a bunch of photos, and I spent 3 hrs doing all that. I advise you take the same route so you could explore most of Venice in a day. It's not a lot of walking (maybe for suburban people).

Santa Monica
I love SM. Aside from Griffith Observatory, this is where I take all the touristy friends and family to go. SM is a city itself, so it's much bigger than Venice covering 8.4 sq mi. North of SM is Malibu, and south of SM is Venice. SM must be the tourist's favorite place to go which is why it's the most traffic-congested city in SoCal, but lets be thankful for the new Metro rail extension. There are a lot of public transit in Santa Monica too, and a very bike-friendly city. The main part of DTSM is extremely walkable, possibly the most walkable area in SoCal. Third St. Promenade/Santa Monica Place has a very nice selection of stores that you can't find in your local mall. Santa Monica Pier is the very last pier in Los Angeles with a surviving amusement park. I don't know how to describe Santa Monica other than it's a giant playground for tourists, and a real 24-hr city that locals can go to.

Trip advise:
I don't have the best advise... please comment on what you like to do in SM if you like. If you're driving to Santa Monica, good luck on free parking because it's a city, not a suburb, but my to-go parking garage is the one at 3rd St. Promenade. It's 24-hour, hella cheap (depends on how long you park), and it's right next to the beach (it's like $15 at the beach). I usually go to the touristy places (pier, 3rd st) and explore downtown. There are also a lot of nice shops on Main St, SM, such as Urth Caffe and Pressed Juicery. You can also cruise along the PCH up towards Malibu. If you're going to come here, don't come and leave at rush hour and on a weekday. My relatives decided to leave SM at 5:00PM on a weekday and took 1.5 hours to get to Downtown LA area.

Here are my introductory photos

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Very nice. Will look forward to seeing some of the beach communities.
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Old Posted Aug 11, 2014, 5:49 AM
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LOS ANGELES | BEACH CITIES PART 2

VENICE CANALS
Intro: I want to start with this area of Venice first because it's what makes Venice Beach very "Venice". The canals are man-made and a part of Abbot Kinney's Venice project. It's now a historical district, but there are a lot of renovated and modern-style homes in this neighborhood (and whether it's a good or bad thing is subjective). You won't see the canals, sidewalks, and bridges in it's original state because they've been renovated in the 90's due to despair.

This is where I usually park when I come to Venice because of it's walking proximity to the pier, boardwalk, and Abbot Kinney Blvd. I don't park right at the canal, but near the canals where there are wider streets with more parking.

This section will showcase a bunch of houses in Venice Canals and other stuff.

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Beautiful neighborhood.
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I absolutely love the Venice canals and the surrounding area
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Easily the least traveled stretch of Santa Monica is a little stretch of stores and shops on San Vicente and 26th Street. I live only a few blocks from there, so who knows, I might run in to you! I'd also check out Montana, which is a much not super touristy shopping street
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Old Posted Aug 11, 2014, 9:45 PM
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Man, I love photos of LA. This is a great compilation
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LOS ANGELES | BEACH CITIES PART 3

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LOS ANGELES | BEACH CITIES PART 4

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WOW! Thanks for posting these pictures! LA is my second favorite city after my own (NYC) and if I'd reconsider moving or relocating...LA would be my #1 choice!
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LOS ANGELES | BEACH CITIES PART 5

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