One of most confusing aspects of Los Angeles is simply "what is Los Angeles?" As stated in the previous post, is it the metro area of 16 million people? The 10 million people in Los Angeles County? The 4 million people living in the City of Los Angeles? Or parts of the City that have a Los Angeles "mailing address"?
Most people from out of the area (and a surprisingly large number of residents) assume that Hollywood is an independent city. In reality, it's a community within the City of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, West Hollywood, located immediately adjacent, is a seperate, independent city.
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Confused? You're not alone. Below is a list of communities that are part of the City of Los Angeles, next to adjacent ot similarly named areas that are independent seperate cities (or, in a case of the last three, unincorporated areas of the County):
Hollywood: within Los Angeles - West Hollywood: an independent city
Bel Air: within Los Angeles - Beverly Hills: an independent city
Westwood: within Los Angeles - Inglewood: an independent city
Watts: within Los Angeles - Compton: an independent city
Encino: within Los Angeles - Pasadena: an independent city
Venice Beach: within Los Angeles - Redondo Beach: an independent city
Century City: within Los Angeles - Culver City: an independent city
Pacific Palisades: within Los Angeles - Palos Verdes: an independent city
San Pedro: within Los Angeles - Long Beach: an independent city
Toluca Lake: within Los Angeles - Burbank: an independent city
Brentwood: within Los Angeles - Santa Monica: an independent city
Highland Park: within Los Angeles - Monterey Park: an independent city
Studio City: within Los Angeles - Universal City: not
Playa Del Rey: within Los Angeles - Marina Del Rey: not
West Los Angeles: with Los Angeles - East Los Angeles: not
Finally, most of the San Fernando Valley is part of the City of Los Angeles - one exception is the City of San Fernando.
THANKS FOR NOT LEAVING THE BEAUTIFUL SAN FERNANDO VALLEY OUT. MANY THINK THAT THE VALLEY IS NOT PART OF LA..BUT IT REALLY ISSSS! GOOOD BLOGSS.....
This is what I have been in need of for some time. My brief visits to 'LA' (2008 one week, 2012 four days, 2013 one week) from Bournemouth, UK, using Rough Guide, Lonely Planet, and the Metro Rapid timetables for 720, and 704, got me around and I was much pleased with what I experienced. But it is additionally satisfying when one has an idea of the approximate names of 'districts' to which one went. Good show!
The ancient ports of Poole, and Christchurch formerly Twynham, plus the 200-year-old vacation town of Bournemouth, are battling about how to unite the three boroughs into one.
Of course, the Queen (hardest working monarch we ever had) will have to ceremoniously rubber-stamp it, if/when it happens. (That will snarl the traffic up all day I guess! I will walk to Caffe Nero, KFC, or any of the other very splendid and worthwhile American places to have a cup of tea, whilst reading the Bournemouth Daily Echo...
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