What are some lesser-known sights to see when visiting Los Angeles, CA?

Famous places in Los Angeles

Wellu2026it depends what kind of u201cLos Angelsu201d you hope to find.

Moreover the parts of Los Angeles you wish to see could further be dependent on if you are male or female.

It is a monstrously spread out area with levels of beauty and danger, fear and loathingu2026wealth and poverty.

If you want to see beautiful sights that most tourists will miss do to the onslaught of trolls distracting the human eye from the more majestic parts of Los Angeles.

Here are the Johnny Krump top three hidden gems.

,3.

Point Dume Malibu.

All the way down on the coast.

Drive 26 miles north of Sunset Boulevard.

Past the trendy rich.

Past the spoiled rehab rich kids.

Past the PCH highway bumper to bumper.

You will find the great hidden treasure of Los Angeles.

Truly a place you would imagine an actual angel being stationed.

A guard post if you will to the Northern entry of the city of angels.

You will be driving north on PCH for about half an hour.

Your little GPS machine will be trying to send you to fake point dumes.

Little bullshit beaches u201cnear the giant rocku201d I recommend this exact idea.

Dont use your GPS.

The experience should be thus.

Go to Shermans Dog grooming shop.

Its on pacific coast highway and Busch Drive.

Its a little dog grooming shop.

Sayu2026 u201cHello Sherman Johnny Krump said to say high.

Hey were is the giant rock?u201d She will write out brief directions and if your not creepy and seem nice she may even let you walk a dog on the beach.

Once you get to the giant rock (crawl around the front of it slowly and lowly to get to the hidden beach),Here at the hidden beach you will see tons of dolphins swimming everynight at about 6 pm.

Heading north.

You will also see seals and sometimes they will even come up to you and bark.

Venice beach will be crowded and dirty and parking will be 50 bucks.

Santa Monica will be overpriced and the same.

Go to point Dume Malibu.

,2.

The top of Runyon canyon.

If your into seeing beautiful healthy people and amazing city vista skylinesu2026then Runyon Canyon is a great little hikeu2026nestled shortly above Hollwood boulevard on the left side of the wicked cult churches and methhead transsexuals and tourists on the walk of starsu2026.

you just have to look for people going into the hills that look like they dont rob people.

Or just google u201cRunyon Canyon Hiking Trail.

u201d Thats my number two.

,1.

,And number one on my hidden Los Angeles.

Take off your nice clothes and put on some old shoes.

Remove all watches.

Put three hundred dollars into a zip lock bag in between your buttcheeks.

Nowu2026get into a cab.

Ask the cab driver to take you to u201c6th and San Pedrou201d you will figure it out from there.

,Enjoy,Johnny krump

Once in a lifetime things to do in Los Angeles

In 2014, on the evening of December 23rd, my Delta flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles was oversold.

I was burned out, and already snoozing in my favorite seat (up against the wall).

I came to just as the attendant announced that Delta was now offering $800.

to any passenger who was wiling to give up their seat to a serviceman returning from Afghanistan to spend Christmas with his family.

Apparently she had been incrementing that offer upwards for a while.

u201cThis airplane is not moving,u201d she said, u201cuntil someone gives up their seat.

u201d,Heck, my family was accustomed to my missing holidays.

Furthermore, I was savvy about traveling.

The flight I was on would get me home about 11:00 pm.

The alternative was a 6:00 am flight the next morning.

It would get me home around 10:00 am.

The great majority of the time between 11:00 pm and 10:00 am I would spend asleep.

,So I volunteered.

It was a seriously win-win situation.

A plane full of somewhat guilty-feeling people cheered.

The serviceman was visibly relieved, and extremely grateful, as he passed me on the way to his seat.

,Delta covered me for a night at the full service Marriott Atlanta airport (about $250.

).

Then they gave me an extra coupon for $25.

towards dinner, bringing down the cost of an excellent meal to reasonable levels.

They give me a coupon for breakfast as well.

,I slept in a comfortable bed and arrived home Christmas Eve at 10:00 am as expected.

With $800.

u201cin the bank.

u201d We spent in on visiting my son and his wife a few months later.

,A note about the perquisites which frequent flyers receive: We earn them.

I have slept a hundred times on the floor of LAX, and a hundred more times on the floor of DFW, to name just two.

I cannot estimate the number of red-eye flights I have taken, nor the number of family events I did not make.

When a bit of good luck comes along, I take it.

,EDIT: Someone made the point that I should not be considered such a great person, since I was well compensated for giving up my seat.

Thatu2019s a fair point, and, when he thanked me on my way out, I actually told the serviceman that I would not have done it if it hadnu2019t been for the money.

I didnu2019t mind if the plane full of cheering people thought I was some incredibly nice guy, but it seemed wrong to me not to come clean to the serviceman.

,Thing is, though, I actually would have given up my seat without pay.

I am a person with a good heart.

Mind you, I would not have instantly leaped to my feet to do this, but when no one else could be found, I would eventually have given up my seat.

I know this because I have done similar nice things on rare occasions.

,One example: I had a pair of international upgrade coupons.

I intended to use one, but gave up the pair to a newly wed couple leaving for their honeymoon.

That situation, unlike the compensated one, did leave me thinking well of myself.

To me, it was just one more in an endless stream of flights.

To them it was a once in a lifetime experience - and some stranger gave them a very special gift.

Business class from LA to, I think, Japan.

I didnu2019t sleep well in coach class, but I sure felt good.

Unique things to do in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is an interesting place because of its geology and building policies.

It is spread over a very large area of Southern California.

This makes it difficult to visit this Los Angeles, as you would visit Rome, Paris, London, Chicago, or New York.

,For example, while Los Angeles does have a downtown, it doesnu2019t have a character like a New York, or Chicago.

It doesnu2019t have that special area that you can say u201cI loved Time Square,u201d or u201cI love the Left Bank of Paris,u201d or u201cI love the Miracle Mile.

u201d It is just a collection of tall buildings that donu2019t have a central meeting point, plaza, square or place of great interest.

The most character is Olvera Street that has a little bit of the Old Spanish California flavor.

,The sheer size of the LA Basin and its surrounding regions makes it difficult to see all of Los Angeles, or its famous places.

For example, Disneyland is about an hours drive from downtown LA in traffic.

Santa Monica Beach is about a 30 minute drive in no traffic and could be an hours drive when everyone is going to the breach.

The studios for which LA is famous for are about 30 minutes north in the San Fernando Valley from Downtown LA.

Hollywood is about a 20 minutes drive in traffic, maybe more.

Things are spread apart and when you get there, you often feel, u201cis this it?u201d,So, when people ask what is there to do in Los Angeles, I usually say, there are lots of things to do in the area, but just not much in downtown Los Angeles.

,Out of all of these things, I have mentioned below, I would say the u201cUnique things to do in Lost Angeles would be:,Unique things:,1.

Olvera Streetn2.

USS Iowan3.

An actual tour of an actual movie studion4.

Bike Path at Santa Monica Bayn5.

Walk the Cliff walk at Palos Verdesn6.

Watch a play at The Getty Villa Amphitheater.

n7.

Pinku2019s Hot Dog Standn8.

Go to the top of one of the Tallest Buildings in Los Angeles for the viewn9.

Surf in the morning at Santa Monica or Venice Beach and then drive to Big .

.

.

Los Angeles attractions map

Buckle up, itu2019s gonna be a long one.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and lived there for most of my life with some exceptions (Iu2019m only 20 after all).

,But after having walked through many of the cityu2019s neighbourhoods, knowing people from every corner of the city, observing very carefully every minute aspect, I can quite confidently say that Los Angeles is truly one of the ugliest cities in the world both inside and out.

Let me start off with one of the first ugly truths (really itu2019s an open secret) and why no one in Los Angeles seems to care about it.

,There are 50 states in the United States and more than 320,000,000 living in this country but California alone accounts for 21% of the American homeless population.

Of that statistic, Los Angeles is the Californian city that has the most homeless people in the state, easily dwarfing other Californian cities.

,Also while New York has a bigger homeless population than us, only 5% of their homeless population is unsheltered while Los Angelesu2019 population is 75% unsheltered.

*,*Unsheltered meaning they sleep in tents or in the streets rather than housing.

[Edit]: Someone said in the comments that itu2019s reasonable for homeless people to not want to be in shelters because of the traumatic situation in those shelters.

While I can say that that is a very empathetic and kind thing to believe, it is an incredibly BAD idea for them to be unsheltered anyway.

Unsheltered homeless camps are incredibly unsanitary and raise serious public health issues.

Just last year, there was a serious outbreak of typhus that reached epidemic levels.

Experts believe that these originated from homeless encampments.

While both are distressing, to me, public health is far more important than people having issues with homeless shelters.

The result? Homeless roam the streets of downtown Los Angeles and set up little tent settlements along sidewalks and highways.

Many of them have little access to basic facilities and itu2019s not uncommon to find human poop lying around or for people to urinate in broad daylight (one example is when I was waiting for the bus near the Pasadena DMV and one guy just pulled his penis out and began to pee directly behind me).

,Go to the LA City Hall today and you will see several homeless sleeping on its lawn to the right.

I walked by there a month ago and was tempted to take a picture but out of respect, I chose not to.

It was humiliating but in a sense, it was ironic.

Ironic that the cityu2019s own seat of government cannot escape reality, that their efforts to fix the homeless crisis are not working.

,Thereu2019s a myth that Los Angelesu2019 homeless are nothing but u201cbumsu201d, criminals, and druggies.

Much of that is blatantly untrue.

Many people in Los Angeles are becoming homeless for ordinary reasons.

,Take this homeless veteran for instance, who lost his house when his wife decided she wanted a divorce.

Or this actor who lost everything when a relationship turned sour.

People with ordinary, even fairly white collar jobs like this banker and this accountant lost it all and became homeless in LA.

,However, while there are a lot of fairly normal people who are homeless in Los Angeles, there are a lot who have unfortunately lost their minds to drugs and just living on the streets.

Just last month while walking out of LAu2019s Union Station with a friend of mine, we were approached by a poor 20-something years old woman.

Her hair was bleached and clearly dishevelled.

I could tell she was in her late 20s but it was easy to see that drug use gave her many premature creases in her face with extremely chapped red lips.

,When she opened her mouth she said in extremely slurred English: u201cDya know whe ah can find du2019 amos?u201d,u201cWhat? Amos?u201d,u201cYea.

.

.

Amos.

u201d,She meant ambulance but by the time we said no, she trudged along inside the station, not to be seen again.

Poor woman couldnu2019t even speak a straight sentence.

I felt incredibly bad because although she was obviously a druggie, she was not very far from my own age.

Growing up I was used to seeing homeless people mainly in their 40s, 50s, 60s.

But 20s? You still have the rest of your life to live and itu2019s a damn shame that all of the possibilities open to you are destroyed by heavy drug use that is ever-more present in LA homeless camps (I would argue that Californias very lax culture towards drug use is partly to blame).

You see it more often now, more ordinary people, more young people becoming homeless in LA.

,But unfortunately the vast majority of people in Los Angeles arenu2019t faced with having to look or even glance at the homeless population, even if they work in the downtown area where most of them are located.

Virtually all of the people who work daily in downtown Los Angeles donu2019t actually live there, but instead drive to work.

Why is this a problem?Well for example: A government worker drives to, say, the Kenneth Hall of Administration in downtown LA where they work.

They drive directly from their home to the parking lot of the government building via the highway, take the elevator up to their office, take a break at the buildingu2019s cafeteria at 12, and then leave the office directly back to their house at 5pm.

Never do they actually have to look at the homeless population outside other than a quick glance once getting onto the highway.

,And that brings me to my next point; LAu2019s highway systems serve almost as international borders that split neighbourhoods from each other.

Whereas many cities around the world have their neighbourhoods intertwined with another, LAu2019s are separated by a vast controlling highway system.

Entire areas of the cities are separated from each other by the highways and the spaces between them that arent highways are usually either: mountains, industrial areas, or poor rust belt-esque neighbourhoods.

,Letu2019s also not forget that life in LA heavily relies on the automobile.

After all, this city really only took off when oil was found.

If you donu2019t own a car in Los Angeles, you are practically handicapped.

We have one of the worst traffic times in the world, probably in the US.

The entire metropolitan area is about 70-80 miles (112km to 128km) across (Santa Monica to San Bernardino/Redlands).

As a result, when people who donu2019t live in the immediate area need to go somewhere for important purposes such as the passport office, consulates, or LAX airport, they need to travel miles in traffic to go to the official office in the West Side which is enough of a hassle to get to even from Pasadena.

,What about the public transport? Hah.

Itu2019s overcrowded, dirty, unpunctual garbage.

It used to be far more efficient in the 1940s and 1950s (LAu2019s golden age, Iu2019ll get to that later).

Before, we had a private company that employed the use of little red trolleys.

It was once the largest public transit system in the world but then it was bought out by General Motors (GM) and then completely dismantled.

,And now here are those same little red trolleys awaiting demolition.

,Why did GM buy out Pacific Electric Railway Company? Because GM planned to start their own public transit system with their own manufactured buses that ran on oil.

Between the 1960s and 1990s there were many lousy public transit systems that were tried out, and ultimately they never succeeded.

,Yet very few people in LA know the story.

Nowadays the Metro is in charge and while theyu2019re better than the others in the recent past, theyu2019re not great.

,The Metro is also a haven for all types of people including druggies, lunatics, and homeless.

Itu2019s not too rare for you to see some lunatic scream in the Metro and other weird types of people.

Here are some of the characters Iu2019ve seen on the Metro system:,Two people who decided to roll a blunt of marijuana and begin smoking in the train.

,A lady screaming her head off saying u201ctheyu2019ll never take me alive!u201d,Some guy who stepped into the train and put his fist in the air and shouted: u201cDeath to America!u201d,Countless idiots who blast music on their speakers for everyone else to enjoy :),Homeless people who literally bring their shopping carts onboard full of trash bags and dirty blankets and take forever to get off at their stop.

,People who fall asleep on entire rows and stretch their legs into the walkway.

,Lastly, some crazy indigenous Latin American lady who would stand in the central hallway of Union Station and chant very loudly in some Native American language.

It sounded almost demonic and her eyes never failed to move in their gaze.

One time she made it onto the train and no one noticed until the train got moving where she did her thing again.

,Back to the highway system, the highways divide the city almost like international borders.

Someone from Inglewood might have very little in common with someone from Santa Monica despite only living 8 miles away.

Someone from the barrios in East LA will have little in common with someone from Pasadena despite only living 9 miles away.

The highways and traffic heavily elongate the time needed to get there as well.

,As a result, the people of Los Angeles vary very differently depending on where theyu2019re from.

You can see it in the way people dress, talk, and even walk.

Generally people from East LA wear simpler clothes with no bright colours, while people from Santa Monica and the West Side usually dress much more fashionable but tacky.

While the variety may seem interesting, the massive differences between people are almost akin to self-segregation.

Part of this is also due to race and certain ethnic groups whou2019ve crafted their own experiences in their neighbourhoods, far from others.

People often cannot understand each other and the unique situations that they come from.

This leads to people mistakenly thinking they know whatu2019s best for the city even when theyu2019ve rarely spent any prolonged amount of time outside their own neighbourhood.

,Amazingly sometimes people here can patch together their differences.

Especially the natives.

Iu2019d say itu2019s LAu2019s imports that donu2019t mix as well and usually stay in their clique (speaking from a young adult perspective).

Additionally I think people from LA can either be two things: Very open and straight-forward or more artificial and narcissistic (common with people who have rich parents, want to be rich, or think theyu2019re rich).

,I really donu2019t mean to sound elitist but many people who were born and raised in Los Angeles can be very dull and stupid.

When you have a society whose entire international reputation is based on a playground for actors, athletes, famous people, and movies, the general populace will catch on.

A lot of people in Los Angeles are never intellectually challenged and live their whole lives believing a certain way of thinking is the only way of thinking.

You will have a hard time finding someone more intellectual like in New England, DC, or even New York.

For other states you can meet some pretty damn interesting people but in Los Angeles, most people seem to fit into a collection of loosely held-together categories that the cityu2019s culture has made for them.

It seems the only thing I can count on Angelenos to know is some useless movie, television, and sports trivia.

,Being so far away from other countries and immigrants other than those from nearby Mexico and Central America also leaves a big lack of geographical understanding which also transmits into a severe lack of cultural understanding.

As much as Californians like to bash the u201cdumb Southern States and their rednecksu201d, the irony is that California has an IQ level on par with those same states.

,Why is this? Well that all begins with two things: lack of interest and the useless public schoolsu2026,The public schools are hot garbage.

California ranks 44th in Preschool-12 grade education.

Theyu2019re noisy, overcrowded, useless, and teach you little of use.

It also doesnu2019t help that there are many kids who grow up with bad habits and spread those to other kids while in public school, but alas, that can be an issue anywhere.

If youu2019re thinking about starting a family in California, please donu2019tu2026.

unless you have the type of money to send them to a reasonably good private school, in which case, they would be fine (charter schools are an affordable alternative).

,California ranks 49th in cost of living and although I canu2019t say itu2019s as bad in Los Angeles as in the Bay Area, itu2019s still pretty damn high.

If you just have a regular job, your only hope of living affordably is by renting a place with maybe 2 other people or simply living with your parents.

Although the exact number alludes me at the moment, I have a friend in college who rents out a 2 bedroom place with (at least) 5 other people.

This is probably an extreme example but you get my point.

Being able to afford housing in Los Angeles is a joke.

Again, if you have money and are earning a good salary, you might be able to find a nice place that isnu2019t totally out of the way and in a safe neighbourhood.

,Next I want to talk about what drives people to this city and the reality behind itu2026Pleaseu2026if you are thinking about moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment, DONu2019TDonu2019t be like these unfortunate fools who were misguided into believing that Los Angeles and Hollywood are the same gleaming 1950s-era places with enough opportunity for all to take part in.

Those days are long gone.

,Side note about the weatheru2013 while it can be very nice, it can also be hellish.

A couple of summers ago it reached 117u2013121u00ba F (50u00ba C) where I lived (Pasadena) which isnu2019t too far from the main city centre.

And thatu2019s only going to get worse with global warming.

If youu2019re from a colder place like somewhere in Northern or Western Europe, I get it.

But itu2019s one thing to visit a u2018round-the-yearu2019 sunny place, and another to actually live in it.

In my opinion, the weather isnt a good enough factor into living here.

,Anyway, back to Hollywood.

Let me spell it out for you: It.

Is.

A.

Scam.

Iu2019ve known a few friends here and there who were interested in the industry and wanted to be a part of the entertainment scene here.

My high school had a film class where I witnessed a lot of creativity.

Believe me when I say that there is a ton of creativity in LA.

But the sad reality is that whether or not you will be accepted into the industry depends on three things ranked from most important:,Who your parents are, how rich they are and what, if any, connections you have.

,Who you sleep with.

If you refuse, you might not advance your acting career as evidenced by the rat known as Harvey Weinstein.

,How conventionally attractive you are.

Just the bitter truth.

Unless youu2019re naturally a comedic person or have a certain u2018looku2019.

,Most people resort to making connections which is the smarter thing to do but that can take years and it really bites into your time.

Andre Bryant answered this question and I think he summed it up pretty well:,The entertainment industry is about who you know, who you screw, and who your parents are.

Youu2019ll meet plenty of talented actors and musicians who sadly will never earn anything.

Iu2019ve met a lot of people who had no real personality, skills, or redeeming value about themselves but are sure to make it into the industry as producers and actors because of their parents.

At the same time, Iu2019ve met a lot of great charismatic people who had the talent, the skills, and charisma to be something great, but unfortunately wonu2019t amount to as much as they aspire to be.

,Those who are in the entertainment industry (and the lifestyles they lead) sadly make up Los Angelesu2019 reputation for something itu2019s not.

It only further contributes to the fakeness of this city.

Tourists canu2019t see it because of how short of a time theyu2019re here for but the reality of living there couldnu2019t be more different from what you see in movies.

,Something else of note:When my friend and I were at a cafu00e9 in Union Station, we were discussing how Los Angeles as a whole feels like itu2019s going to burst.

And while he meant in a societal way (what, with all the self-segregation and celebrity elitism), I meant it in a geographical way.

,Los Angeles and California in general is a very earthquake-prone state.

Youu2019ve probably heard jokes about either the earthquakes or the droughts but theyu2019re very real.

In school, the possibility of and preparation for another earthquake was always emphasised because we are due for a u201cbig oneu201d in Los Angeles.

,A study published in 2006 in the journal Nature found that the San Andreas fault has reached a sufficient stress level for an earthquake of magnitude greater than 7.

0 on the moment magnitude scale to occur.

This study also found that the risk of a large earthquake may be increasing more rapidly than scientists had previously believed.

Moreover, the risk is currently concentrated on the southern section of the fault, i.

e.

the region around Los Angeles.

,For those of you who donu2019t know, the effects of a 7.

0 earthquake looks like this.

,Granted, I donu2019t think it will be as bad in LA as it will be in San Francisco (look at map above).

In addition, many buildings have been purpose-built in LA so that theyu2019re well-equipped to handle earthquakes, but a lot arenu2019t at the same time.

Also, proper earthquake education flies over most peopleu2019s heads in the exact same way that experienced flyers donu2019t pay attention to airplane safety demonstrations.

They simply brush it off with a u201cThatu2019ll never happen to me!u201d mentality.

The only difference is that a semi-major earthquake in Los Angeles will eventually happen whereas the risk of a plane crash is just that, a tiny, momentary risk.

,I can go talking about an array of subjects such as the aesthetics, the rising temperatures, and vice culture but I think it would be best to end this answer soon.

,Despite having many friends from Los Angeles who are actually very nice and smart people, I often have to ask: Donu2019t you want to leave? Donu2019t you see all of this? Wouldnu2019t you want to just leave California too?,The answer is 99% of time no, usually citing the weather and just feeling at place here despite the multitude of a drawbacks.

I once heard a harsh critique of this Angeleno mentality from another traveller who said that a lot of people in LA have an u201cabused wife syndromeu201d.

Meaning, LA is such a bad city that treats its residents like shit like an abusive husband yet its wife (the citizens) always go back to the city and love it nonetheless.

(Ill let you formulate your own opinion on that metaphor.

),Although I donu2019t want to be the kind of person to force another into accepting my opinion as the superior option, I do think that Los Angeles, at its core, has a much more sinister undertone that tells a lot about the people and culture here.

,[Edit]: Some people are attacking my demeanour rather than my argument on the basis of three things:,Because I donu2019t u201csoundu201d like Iu2019m 20.

Give me a break.

If youu2019ve been around Quora, you will certainly be aware of much younger Quorans who write just as eloquently or even more so than I.

If I donu2019t sound like your idea of a 20 year old, good.

Because that means I am breaking expectations.

I appreciate and even ask that you critique my argument.

.

but whether or not Iu2019m 20? Come on.

,Because Iu2019m somehow u201cnegativeu201d.

Again relating to the age thing, some comments have been adamant to point out how a 20 year old Californian sounds so negative and that therefore, I must be older.

Nou2026if you think 20 year olds are all supposed to be full of energy and be carefree, thatu2019s a very absent-minded thing to say.

I donu2019t like to sugar-coat things and I describe the world as I see it, not as how I want to see it.

To quote the late Marlon Brando when he rejected his Oscar and sent a Native American advocate to speak on behalf of his rejection to a booing Hollywood audience: u201cYoure ruining our fantasy, with the intrusion of a little reality.

u201dBecause I use British spelling.

This one I understand confusion on, Iu2019ve explained it in a comment down below if you are so curious to find out.

But in short, yes I am American.

I started using British spelling from a young age after reading the British Bloomsbury editions of Harry Potter because my mother was a collector and made me read all of them.

I can assure you that my spoken language is still very much in an American accent.

Things to do in Los Angeles for adults

Buckle up, itu2019s gonna be a long one.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and lived there for most of my life with some exceptions (Iu2019m only 20 after all).

,But after having walked through many of the cityu2019s neighbourhoods, knowing people from every corner of the city, observing very carefully every minute aspect, I can quite confidently say that Los Angeles is truly one of the ugliest cities in the world both inside and out.

Let me start off with one of the first ugly truths (really itu2019s an open secret) and why no one in Los Angeles seems to care about it.

,There are 50 states in the United States and more than 320,000,000 living in this country but California alone accounts for 21% of the American homeless population.

Of that statistic, Los Angeles is the Californian city that has the most homeless people in the state, easily dwarfing other Californian cities.

,Also while New York has a bigger homeless population than us, only 5% of their homeless population is unsheltered while Los Angelesu2019 population is 75% unsheltered.

*,*Unsheltered meaning they sleep in tents or in the streets rather than housing.

[Edit]: Someone said in the comments that itu2019s reasonable for homeless people to not want to be in shelters because of the traumatic situation in those shelters.

While I can say that that is a very empathetic and kind thing to believe, it is an incredibly BAD idea for them to be unsheltered anyway.

Unsheltered homeless camps are incredibly unsanitary and raise serious public health issues.

Just last year, there was a serious outbreak of typhus that reached epidemic levels.

Experts believe that these originated from homeless encampments.

While both are distressing, to me, public health is far more important than people having issues with homeless shelters.

The result? Homeless roam the streets of downtown Los Angeles and set up little tent settlements along sidewalks and highways.

Many of them have little access to basic facilities and itu2019s not uncommon to find human poop lying around or for people to urinate in broad daylight (one example is when I was waiting for the bus near the Pasadena DMV and one guy just pulled his penis out and began to pee directly behind me).

,Go to the LA City Hall today and you will see several homeless sleeping on its lawn to the right.

I walked by there a month ago and was tempted to take a picture but out of respect, I chose not to.

It was humiliating but in a sense, it was ironic.

Ironic that the cityu2019s own seat of government cannot escape reality, that their efforts to fix the homeless crisis are not working.

,Thereu2019s a myth that Los Angelesu2019 homeless are nothing but u201cbumsu201d, criminals, and druggies.

Much of that is blatantly untrue.

Many people in Los Angeles are becoming homeless for ordinary reasons.

,Take this homeless veteran for instance, who lost his house when his wife decided she wanted a divorce.

Or this actor who lost everything when a relationship turned sour.

People with ordinary, even fairly white collar jobs like this banker and this accountant lost it all and became homeless in LA.

,However, while there are a lot of fairly normal people who are homeless in Los Angeles, there are a lot who have unfortunately lost their minds to drugs and just living on the streets.

Just last month while walking out of LAu2019s Union Station with a friend of mine, we were approached by a poor 20-something years old woman.

Her hair was bleached and clearly dishevelled.

I could tell she was in her late 20s but it was easy to see that drug use gave her many premature creases in her face with extremely chapped red lips.

,When she opened her mouth she said in extremely slurred English: u201cDya know whe ah can find du2019 amos?u201d,u201cWhat? Amos?u201d,u201cYea.

.

.

Amos.

u201d,She meant ambulance but by the time we said no, she trudged along inside the station, not to be seen again.

Poor woman couldnu2019t even speak a straight sentence.

I felt incredibly bad because although she was obviously a druggie, she was not very far from my own age.

Growing up I was used to seeing homeless people mainly in their 40s, 50s, 60s.

But 20s? You still have the rest of your life to live and itu2019s a damn shame that all of the possibilities open to you are destroyed by heavy drug use that is ever-more present in LA homeless camps (I would argue that Californias very lax culture towards drug use is partly to blame).

You see it more often now, more ordinary people, more young people becoming homeless in LA.

,But unfortunately the vast majority of people in Los Angeles arenu2019t faced with having to look or even glance at the homeless population, even if they work in the downtown area where most of them are located.

Virtually all of the people who work daily in downtown Los Angeles donu2019t actually live there, but instead drive to work.

Why is this a problem?Well for example: A government worker drives to, say, the Kenneth Hall of Administration in downtown LA where they work.

They drive directly from their home to the parking lot of the government building via the highway, take the elevator up to their office, take a break at the buildingu2019s cafeteria at 12, and then leave the office directly back to their house at 5pm.

Never do they actually have to look at the homeless population outside other than a quick glance once getting onto the highway.

,And that brings me to my next point; LAu2019s highway systems serve almost as international borders that split neighbourhoods from each other.

Whereas many cities around the world have their neighbourhoods intertwined with another, LAu2019s are separated by a vast controlling highway system.

Entire areas of the cities are separated from each other by the highways and the spaces between them that arent highways are usually either: mountains, industrial areas, or poor rust belt-esque neighbourhoods.

,Letu2019s also not forget that life in LA heavily relies on the automobile.

After all, this city really only took off when oil was found.

If you donu2019t own a car in Los Angeles, you are practically handicapped.

We have one of the worst traffic times in the world, probably in the US.

The entire metropolitan area is about 70-80 miles (112km to 128km) across (Santa Monica to San Bernardino/Redlands).

As a result, when people who donu2019t live in the immediate area need to go somewhere for important purposes such as the passport office, consulates, or LAX airport, they need to travel miles in traffic to go to the official office in the West Side which is enough of a hassle to get to even from Pasadena.

,What about the public transport? Hah.

Itu2019s overcrowded, dirty, unpunctual garbage.

It used to be far more efficient in the 1940s and 1950s (LAu2019s golden age, Iu2019ll get to that later).

Before, we had a private company that employed the use of little red trolleys.

It was once the largest public transit system in the world but then it was bought out by General Motors (GM) and then completely dismantled.

,And now here are those same little red trolleys awaiting demolition.

,Why did GM buy out Pacific Electric Railway Company? Because GM planned to start their own public transit system with their own manufactured buses that ran on oil.

Between the 1960s and 1990s there were many lousy public transit systems that were tried out, and ultimately they never succeeded.

,Yet very few people in LA know the story.

Nowadays the Metro is in charge and while theyu2019re better than the others in the recent past, theyu2019re not great.

,The Metro is also a haven for all types of people including druggies, lunatics, and homeless.

Itu2019s not too rare for you to see some lunatic scream in the Metro and other weird types of people.

Here are some of the characters Iu2019ve seen on the Metro system:,Two people who decided to roll a blunt of marijuana and begin smoking in the train.

,A lady screaming her head off saying u201ctheyu2019ll never take me alive!u201d,Some guy who stepped into the train and put his fist in the air and shouted: u201cDeath to America!u201d,Countless idiots who blast music on their speakers for everyone else to enjoy :),Homeless people who literally bring their shopping carts onboard full of trash bags and dirty blankets and take forever to get off at their stop.

,People who fall asleep on entire rows and stretch their legs into the walkway.

,Lastly, some crazy indigenous Latin American lady who would stand in the central hallway of Union Station and chant very loudly in some Native American language.

It sounded almost demonic and her eyes never failed to move in their gaze.

One time she made it onto the train and no one noticed until the train got moving where she did her thing again.

,Back to the highway system, the highways divide the city almost like international borders.

Someone from Inglewood might have very little in common with someone from Santa Monica despite only living 8 miles away.

Someone from the barrios in East LA will have little in common with someone from Pasadena despite only living 9 miles away.

The highways and traffic heavily elongate the time needed to get there as well.

,As a result, the people of Los Angeles vary very differently depending on where theyu2019re from.

You can see it in the way people dress, talk, and even walk.

Generally people from East LA wear simpler clothes with no bright colours, while people from Santa Monica and the West Side usually dress much more fashionable but tacky.

While the variety may seem interesting, the massive differences between people are almost akin to self-segregation.

Part of this is also due to race and certain ethnic groups whou2019ve crafted their own experiences in their neighbourhoods, far from others.

People often cannot understand each other and the unique situations that they come from.

This leads to people mistakenly thinking they know whatu2019s best for the city even when theyu2019ve rarely spent any prolonged amount of time outside their own neighbourhood.

,Amazingly sometimes people here can patch together their differences.

Especially the natives.

Iu2019d say itu2019s LAu2019s imports that donu2019t mix as well and usually stay in their clique (speaking from a young adult perspective).

Additionally I think people from LA can either be two things: Very open and straight-forward or more artificial and narcissistic (common with people who have rich parents, want to be rich, or think theyu2019re rich).

,I really donu2019t mean to sound elitist but many people who were born and raised in Los Angeles can be very dull and stupid.

When you have a society whose entire international reputation is based on a playground for actors, athletes, famous people, and movies, the general populace will catch on.

A lot of people in Los Angeles are never intellectually challenged and live their whole lives believing a certain way of thinking is the only way of thinking.

You will have a hard time finding someone more intellectual like in New England, DC, or even New York.

For other states you can meet some pretty damn interesting people but in Los Angeles, most people seem to fit into a collection of loosely held-together categories that the cityu2019s culture has made for them.

It seems the only thing I can count on Angelenos to know is some useless movie, television, and sports trivia.

,Being so far away from other countries and immigrants other than those from nearby Mexico and Central America also leaves a big lack of geographical understanding which also transmits into a severe lack of cultural understanding.

As much as Californians like to bash the u201cdumb Southern States and their rednecksu201d, the irony is that California has an IQ level on par with those same states.

,Why is this? Well that all begins with two things: lack of interest and the useless public schoolsu2026,The public schools are hot garbage.

California ranks 44th in Preschool-12 grade education.

Theyu2019re noisy, overcrowded, useless, and teach you little of use.

It also doesnu2019t help that there are many kids who grow up with bad habits and spread those to other kids while in public school, but alas, that can be an issue anywhere.

If youu2019re thinking about starting a family in California, please donu2019tu2026.

unless you have the type of money to send them to a reasonably good private school, in which case, they would be fine (charter schools are an affordable alternative).

,California ranks 49th in cost of living and although I canu2019t say itu2019s as bad in Los Angeles as in the Bay Area, itu2019s still pretty damn high.

If you just have a regular job, your only hope of living affordably is by renting a place with maybe 2 other people or simply living with your parents.

Although the exact number alludes me at the moment, I have a friend in college who rents out a 2 bedroom place with (at least) 5 other people.

This is probably an extreme example but you get my point.

Being able to afford housing in Los Angeles is a joke.

Again, if you have money and are earning a good salary, you might be able to find a nice place that isnu2019t totally out of the way and in a safe neighbourhood.

,Next I want to talk about what drives people to this city and the reality behind itu2026Pleaseu2026if you are thinking about moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment, DONu2019TDonu2019t be like these unfortunate fools who were misguided into believing that Los Angeles and Hollywood are the same gleaming 1950s-era places with enough opportunity for all to take part in.

Those days are long gone.

,Side note about the weatheru2013 while it can be very nice, it can also be hellish.

A couple of summers ago it reached 117u2013121u00ba F (50u00ba C) where I lived (Pasadena) which isnu2019t too far from the main city centre.

And thatu2019s only going to get worse with global warming.

If youu2019re from a colder place like somewhere in Northern or Western Europe, I get it.

But itu2019s one thing to visit a u2018round-the-yearu2019 sunny place, and another to actually live in it.

In my opinion, the weather isnt a good enough factor into living here.

,Anyway, back to Hollywood.

Let me spell it out for you: It.

Is.

A.

Scam.

Iu2019ve known a few friends here and there who were interested in the industry and wanted to be a part of the entertainment scene here.

My high school had a film class where I witnessed a lot of creativity.

Believe me when I say that there is a ton of creativity in LA.

But the sad reality is that whether or not you will be accepted into the industry depends on three things ranked from most important:,Who your parents are, how rich they are and what, if any, connections you have.

,Who you sleep with.

If you refuse, you might not advance your acting career as evidenced by the rat known as Harvey Weinstein.

,How conventionally attractive you are.

Just the bitter truth.

Unless youu2019re naturally a comedic person or have a certain u2018looku2019.

,Most people resort to making connections which is the smarter thing to do but that can take years and it really bites into your time.

Andre Bryant answered this question and I think he summed it up pretty well:,The entertainment industry is about who you know, who you screw, and who your parents are.

Youu2019ll meet plenty of talented actors and musicians who sadly will never earn anything.

Iu2019ve met a lot of people who had no real personality, skills, or redeeming value about themselves but are sure to make it into the industry as producers and actors because of their parents.

At the same time, Iu2019ve met a lot of great charismatic people who had the talent, the skills, and charisma to be something great, but unfortunately wonu2019t amount to as much as they aspire to be.

,Those who are in the entertainment industry (and the lifestyles they lead) sadly make up Los Angelesu2019 reputation for something itu2019s not.

It only further contributes to the fakeness of this city.

Tourists canu2019t see it because of how short of a time theyu2019re here for but the reality of living there couldnu2019t be more different from what you see in movies.

,Something else of note:When my friend and I were at a cafu00e9 in Union Station, we were discussing how Los Angeles as a whole feels like itu2019s going to burst.

And while he meant in a societal way (what, with all the self-segregation and celebrity elitism), I meant it in a geographical way.

,Los Angeles and California in general is a very earthquake-prone state.

Youu2019ve probably heard jokes about either the earthquakes or the droughts but theyu2019re very real.

In school, the possibility of and preparation for another earthquake was always emphasised because we are due for a u201cbig oneu201d in Los Angeles.

,A study published in 2006 in the journal Nature found that the San Andreas fault has reached a sufficient stress level for an earthquake of magnitude greater than 7.

0 on the moment magnitude scale to occur.

This study also found that the risk of a large earthquake may be increasing more rapidly than scientists had previously believed.

Moreover, the risk is currently concentrated on the southern section of the fault, i.

e.

the region around Los Angeles.

,For those of you who donu2019t know, the effects of a 7.

0 earthquake looks like this.

,Granted, I donu2019t think it will be as bad in LA as it will be in San Francisco (look at map above).

In addition, many buildings have been purpose-built in LA so that theyu2019re well-equipped to handle earthquakes, but a lot arenu2019t at the same time.

Also, proper earthquake education flies over most peopleu2019s heads in the exact same way that experienced flyers donu2019t pay attention to airplane safety demonstrations.

They simply brush it off with a u201cThatu2019ll never happen to me!u201d mentality.

The only difference is that a semi-major earthquake in Los Angeles will eventually happen whereas the risk of a plane crash is just that, a tiny, momentary risk.

,I can go talking about an array of subjects such as the aesthetics, the rising temperatures, and vice culture but I think it would be best to end this answer soon.

,Despite having many friends from Los Angeles who are actually very nice and smart people, I often have to ask: Donu2019t you want to leave? Donu2019t you see all of this? Wouldnu2019t you want to just leave California too?,The answer is 99% of time no, usually citing the weather and just feeling at place here despite the multitude of a drawbacks.

I once heard a harsh critique of this Angeleno mentality from another traveller who said that a lot of people in LA have an u201cabused wife syndromeu201d.

Meaning, LA is such a bad city that treats its residents like shit like an abusive husband yet its wife (the citizens) always go back to the city and love it nonetheless.

(Ill let you formulate your own opinion on that metaphor.

),Although I donu2019t want to be the kind of person to force another into accepting my opinion as the superior option, I do think that Los Angeles, at its core, has a much more sinister undertone that tells a lot about the people and culture here.

,[Edit]: Some people are attacking my demeanour rather than my argument on the basis of three things:,Because I donu2019t u201csoundu201d like Iu2019m 20.

Give me a break.

If youu2019ve been around Quora, you will certainly be aware of much younger Quorans who write just as eloquently or even more so than I.

If I donu2019t sound like your idea of a 20 year old, good.

Because that means I am breaking expectations.

I appreciate and even ask that you critique my argument.

.

but whether or not Iu2019m 20? Come on.

,Because Iu2019m somehow u201cnegativeu201d.

Again relating to the age thing, some comments have been adamant to point out how a 20 year old Californian sounds so negative and that therefore, I must be older.

Nou2026if you think 20 year olds are all supposed to be full of energy and be carefree, thatu2019s a very absent-minded thing to say.

I donu2019t like to sugar-coat things and I describe the world as I see it, not as how I want to see it.

To quote the late Marlon Brando when he rejected his Oscar and sent a Native American advocate to speak on behalf of his rejection to a booing Hollywood audience: u201cYoure ruining our fantasy, with the intrusion of a little reality.

u201dBecause I use British spelling.

This one I understand confusion on, Iu2019ve explained it in a comment down below if you are so curious to find out.

But in short, yes I am American.

I started using British spelling from a young age after reading the British Bloomsbury editions of Harry Potter because my mother was a collector and made me read all of them.

I can assure you that my spoken language is still very much in an American accent.

Free things to do in Los Angeles

The Beach is free, everywhere,Griffith Observatory is free,Most of the museums are free (special exhibitions might charge, and there might be parking charges).

Getty Villa in Malibu and the big Getty on the Hill are both worth seeing.

,Mt.

Wilson (awesome views) is free,Griffith Park has dozens of miles of trails and is free.

,The tar pits are free, the museum is not.

,California Science Center is free, thereu2019s a $3 service fee to see the shuttle, but you might be able to figure out how to do it for free.

,Natural history museum in Exposition Park (next to Science Center) is free.

,Going to grand central market is free, but youu2019ll be tempted to buy something.

,There are hundreds of miles of hiking and walking trails that are free all through the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and the Angeles National Forest.

,Malibu Creek State Park is a few bucks for parking, and has some really pretty streams and trails, as well as the MASH filming site.

You could probably find free parking on the road and walk in, as well.

,Driving Mulholland Drive from end to end is an adventure (part of it is dirt road) and free.

Spectacular views.

,Thereu2019s interesting stuff to do downtown and itu2019s free to walk around (although finding free parking is challenging).

The fountains at the Music Center are fun on a hot day, if you donu2019t mind getting wet/damp.

,Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades,The top of Palos Verdes