How A New Yorker Grew To Love L.A.

New York native Sam Hall Kaplan sums up his "25 years writing about architecture and urban design in L.A. in a New York minute."

"As I settled into L.A. and experienced its eclectic architecture, engaging hidden spaces and places, and its marvelous mix of culture, I began to revel in uniqueness....

L.A. is a city where every style has had its moment in the sun, and a parade of arching architects' their 15 minutes of fame. Unlike New York, there is a distinct tolerance in L.A. for follies and fantasies, and an embarrassment of self and publicity-conscious conceits. Or maybe it is just the result of the city's regrettable, shallow design standards."

Thanks to ArchNewsNow

Full Story: How a New Yorker Learned to Love La-La Land

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Wood necklace with city map

City Necklaces

These sweet pendants are engraved on a cedar charm with a mini map of selected cities. The perfect gift for friends and family or yourself!
$28.00
DVD Cover of The Story of Sprawl

The Story of Sprawl

See how America changed shape in this collection of historic films that visually document how sprawl evolved.
$29.99 for 2-DVD SET