Los Angeles Information

Los Angeles Information

Los Angeles is tough to get your mind around. Though Beverly Hills and Malibu hold promises of glamor, the city itself is congested and decidedly grimy. And much to the contrast of its dumb-blonde image, L.A. has proven recently that it has more than moviemaking, Disneyland, Venice Beach, and Sunset Boulevard to offer. Just check out the spectacular Getty Center and the city’s scores of new performance venues for a twist on the usual L.A. experience.

Los Feliz has a certain vibe, sort of a 50s Hollywood retro-hipster feel: brightly colored stores in mint and orange, the names of restaurants and buildings in California script, bunches of orange and lemon trees, and wide, breezy avenues. The people sitting at the outdoor tables are mostly in vintage garb, as well, adding to the time warp to old-Hollywood appeal of the area. There’s no doubt that it’s hip – boutiques and cafes abound – but it’s not expensive enough to exclude young actors, artists, and musicians, who give it a certain throb of youth culture.

Hollywood has been recently revitalized by several things – the redevelopment of the Hollywood and Vine area (or the commodification…it’s unclear), which included the new Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex (an outdoor mall), a new metro system, a plethora of new neon marquee-style lit stores and clubs, and the re-establishment of the Oscars at its original venue, the Egyptian theater (on Hollywood Blvd.).