LA from a New Yorker’s Perspective:
By Jon Rosoff
“I am a New Yorker,” a phrase that carries a similar weight to that of Cives Romani — A Citizen of Rome, which when uttered in its time almost guaranteed that you would be able to walk the earth unharmed. It is a boisterous and quite arrogant claim, a source of pride for New Yorker that exacerbated after the attacks on 9/11. So, for the typical New Yorker, Los Angeles can be quite a cultural shift. First of all, forget about pizza and bagels. I know that seems damn near impossible (I grieve almost everyday), but its something that must be accepted. It seems like an immediate deal-breaker, but here’s the thing: The weather is always beautiful. Even in the oft chance of rain, it is still a warm, easy rain. However, in the event of rain the city of Los Angeles goes into panic. To quote Heath Ledger’s Joker, “Everyone loses their minds.” Now, if you think that New York drivers are bad, get ready for Los Angeles. It is a free-for-all on the road and you’d be lucky if the person in front of you puts on a damn signal, and in the event of that rain, good luck. People don’t know how to react to it. The only consistent part of traffic is that it will always be. In New York, we have the luxury of a controlled flow of traffic, mostly coming in and out of Manhattan at specific times, but here, everyone is going in all different directions all the time. And everyone drives. Public transportation is useless because if you’re going to sit in stand still traffic, its better to be in your own car than squished on a bus. We take subways for granted, but it is definitely much better to sit in a grimy subway with the faint aroma of urine than on the 405. The pace of LA is far slower than New York, not just because driving is slower, but the sunny vibe that California emirates makes me wonder how anyone gets anything done. It’s clear that gross, slushy, polluted, blackened snow is quite the impetus to getting work done.Anything to distract from the cruel blustery outdoors. But, in LA it is always sunny (in Philadelphia too, but for different reasons) and with sun comes energy to shirk responsibilities.Why work when you can go hiking, or tanning at the beach? No I’m seriously asking because I haven’t found an answer yet. LA isn’t New York, its something else and they shouldn’t be compared.