Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Corner View Wednesday

Some facts from Wikipedia:

Los Angeles
(pronounced /lɒˈsændʒələs/ los-AN-jə-ləs; Spanish: [los ˈaŋxeles]) is the largest city in the state of California and the second largest in the United States.[1] Often abbreviated as L.A. and nicknamed The City of Angels, Los Angeles has an estimated population of 3.8 million[2] and spans over 498.3 square miles (1,290.6 km2) in Southern California. Additionally, the Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to nearly 12.9 million residents.[3] Los Angeles is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated and one of the most diverse counties[4] in the United States. Its inhabitants are known as "Angelenos" (/ændʒɨˈliːnoʊz/), or "Angelinos" when using the proper Spanish language spelling.

How do you show this cityscape, the theme of this week's Corner View? We have a typical downtown:

and given the haze, people often forget that the city sits in front of some pretty glorious mountains that are clearly visible on winter days:

And who doesn't love a view of the city from Hollywood?

And then there IS Hollywood:

And the cityscape includes tens of thousands of immigrants:

and downtown festivals for animals when pretty much everyone shows up:

Vintage signs (and the places that go with them) are ubiquitous:

And then there are the surfers -- a cityscape all their own:

Los Angeles gets a bad rap, but it's pretty fantastic. Never in my wildest dreams would I have believed that I would live here, much less love living here. But I do. I think New York City has my heart, but Los Angeles has my sanity. And there's something to that.

I'm rooted, too, by the fact that I have two little boys who will always claim that they're from southern California.

And that calls for a little music:

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And don't forget to check out some more cityscapes here:

jane, ladybug-zen, ian, bonnie, esti, sophie, cele, modsquad,
caitlin, joyce, ani, kim, a day that is dessert, natsumi, epe, kaylovesvintage, trinsch, c.t.,jeannette, outi, schanett, ritva, dongdong, francesca, state of bliss, jennifer, dana, denise, cabrizette, bohemia girl, dianna, isabelle, amber, a girl in the yellow shoes, mister e, janis, kari, jgy, jenna, skymring, elizabeth, audrey, allison, lise, cate, mon, victoria, crescent moon, erin, otli, ida, caroline, lisa, dorte, kimmie, la lune dans le ciel, nicola, malo, vanessa, britta, virgina, april, rebecca, b, sunnymama, kyndale, samantha, karen, kristina, angelina, dorit, goldensunfamily, sophie, janet, nicki, ruth, mcgillicutty


  1. Wow! Great shots and great explanation of the complexity that is LA!

    I always gave LA a bad rap until I got off the freeway and out of my car. That was no way to judge a city - from a freeway. When you're in the midst of it - you can see that it's all one small town after another - neighboring neighborhoods.

  2. I agree, WOW! I didn't know about the mountains. When i think about it, of course there are mountains but it is not what I associate with your city. Great post!

  3. Great post, and a couple of your photos could win competitions.

  4. Gorgeous pictures. Very interesting facts.

  5. It's interesting how our children's roots are at least partially not our own.

  6. wow elizabeth! this is fantastic. wish you could see me smiling. thank you for this. have a great week. besos-jane

  7. hi elizabeth! nice to meet you and learn more about LA! what a great post! i had to make due with random photos and not a real "cityscape" as i am flat in bed with a bad back - hopefully next week - back in action :-)


    ps LOVE joni mitchell!

  8. Awesome post! Perfect song! Thanks for sharing this!

    Happy Day!

  9. I love LA, somehow, I really do! ;) I lived in North Hollywood for awhile and almost moved back. Great shots!

  10. Wow, that is the clearest picture I have seen of Downtown LA, it really is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  11. All -- Thanks for the kind words, but I want to clarify that the exceptionally clear photo of the LA skyline against the crystal-clear mountains is not mine and I have no idea whose it is -- got it off the internet. (But I have seen the mountains and the city look just like that, so I know it's real!)

  12. I met a redneck on a Grecian isle . . .



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