This article about Los Angeles is filled with numerous observations about the city that still hold true seventy years later:
• "I live in Los Angeles because the town doesn't have an adequate public transit system. The reason we don't is that the city has grown faster than draftsmen can get out blueprints, so the natural expansion is always way out in front of planned expansion."
• "...Los Angeles is the most maligned and most misunderstood of all cities. Eastern writers come upon this amazing scene, are confused by what they see and feel, and are at a loss to understand, they nervously titter at Los Angeles in print. Los Angeles is something new, and like the new boy who comes to school in mid-term, it's given a bad time. Failing to see what Los Angeles really is, the writers see the obvious - the cults, the henna Spitz, the neon on the cemetery sign - and thus a sort of literary tradition was born, and it became fashionable to write disparagingly of Los Angeles."
• "Los Angeles' newspapers are home-town papers to no one. The city has no heart, no soul, no center and it turns out now that the lack of integration at the center is fortunate - for here, suddenly, is the first modern decentralized industrial city in the world."
• "The reason you don't get 'the feel' of Los Angeles is that there is no such place. It's 200-plus other places."
• "I live in Los Angeles because it's fun and because every night is Halloween and because if I lived any place else I couldn't watch what's going on here."
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