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Average Ratings:
Artisticness: 4.1    Calmness: 2.2    Helpfulness: 3.0   
Intellectualness: 3.0    Neatness: 2.9    Outgoingness: 4.3   
Average Resident Personality Test Scores:
Artisticness: 3.05    Calmness: 3.08    Helpfulness: 2.92   
Intellectualness: 3.12    Neatness: 3.32    Outgoingness: 3.47   


Name: Kat | Age: 19 | Gender: Female | ZIP: 90029 | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added on: 2007-06-22
Artisticness: 4   Calmness: 5   Helpfulness: 4   Intelligence: 3   Neatness: 4   Outgoingness: 4   
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What do you like about Los Angeles?
diverse, great museums and theaters, amazing food, all sorts of outdoor activities can be enjoyed close by (you can even hike in Griffith Park!), and the weather can't be beat

What do you dislike about Los Angeles?
traffic sucks, driving is expensive and housing is way too expensive (friend bought a "fixer upper" 2bd 1ba for 600k last year); these would be some main reasons for leaving; also, people ignore problems such as homelessness, lack of affordable housing and healthcare, though this is true of many cities

What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?
Hollywood is home, and it's fabulous, great food and there's always something to do nearby (centrally located for public transport, too); Silverlake is alright, getting to be a little too upscale/"hip"/EXPENSIVE for my tastes, but it's beautiful; Koreatown is fun; downtown is really interesting, give Little Tokyo a look, newly renovated loft apartments here not so expensive, and are near the opera house and MOCA, fun!

How expensive is it?
Very, very expensive, especially if you drive (public transport is more expensive than in some cities, but still a more affordable alternative to driving); housing is outrageous, though what else would you expect? Adopt a smart budget,keep saving, and expect to be paying for your new house for many years to come. If you love the city, it's worth it. We definitely need more affordable apartment housing, though, you really have to hunt to find anything decent for less than $900 or so a month.

Is it safe?
It depends on where you are and what time you're out. It's like any other big city. Keep your wits about you and don't wander aimlessly or drunk at night, no matter where you are.

How is the weather?
As lovely as it gets. I like some variety, though, so it bugs me sometimes. We have warm days and hot days, maybe a few sweatshirt days in the winter, but you'll probably only need one jacket and one pair of casual close-toed shoes. The rest of the year will find you comfortable in jeans, t-shirts and flip flops on your downtime.

Additional thoughts?
Returning here from travel is shocking. There is something very "fishbowl" like about this city, and it takes a few weeks to get pulled back into the vibe. It's definitely an image-conscious place, and I sometimes feel like everybody is here because they feel the city will give them the best chance to "be somebody", and this may well be true. The working class gets overlooked, many of my friends growing up had no healthcare (still don't) and had a hard time paying rent, childcare, etc. There are many homeless men, women and children, and it is easy to isolate yourself from the problems such as these because spacewise the city is so spread out, which is something I don't like. I wish more people would volunteer or at least donate (at the very least, educate yourselves!!!) to non-profits that are trying to deal with LA's many socio-economic problems.

Name: Deborah | Age: 36 | Gender: Female | ZIP: 90027 | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added on: 2007-10-08
Artisticness: 4   Calmness: 1   Helpfulness: 3   Intelligence: 3   Neatness: 2   Outgoingness: 4   
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What do you like about Los Angeles? Los Angeles is a diverse city full of life, culture and activities.
What do you dislike about Los Angeles? Because of the above things that I like, LA is also non-stop, overcrowded, hypercompetitive, expensive and not well suited for middle income families.
What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in? Los Feliz, Griffith Park, my house
How expensive is it? Very, especially homeowners, earthquake and auto insurance.
Is it safe? Depends on where you are. Los Feliz where I live is relatively safe, North Hollywood, where I work is not nearly as safe.
How is the weather? Very sunny, I pray for rain.
Additional thoughts? I think Los Angeles is ideal for young adults looking for ample employment and shared housing. I do not think it is a good city for middle to middle high income families. It is a struggle to make take advantage of all of the wonderful things LA has to offer when you are stuck in the car over an hour and a half each day or activities cost an arm and a leg.

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