Los Angeles is the second largest city in the Country. It has a mixture of cultures are unprecedented. With its reputation for style, glamour, and all things Hollywood, there are some serious issues that should be noted.
1. Vanity – I have never lived in a city where ALL things come down to appearance. If you are over a size six they practically want to put you on a diet.
2. People judge you by your job, car, home, and the size of your bank account. There is a sense of entitlement that reaches to the core of even the city’s poorest. The bottom line is that if you don’t look good enough to fool Hollywood, then you don’t look good.
3. Housing Costs- Regardless of what type of neighborhood you live in, you will pay dearly for it. Many people have to work two full-time jobs to make rent, if they don’t have roommates. According to Los Angeles Apartment Rental Rates, “One bedroom apartments in Los Angeles currently rent for $ 1517 to $ 2409 per month. Los Angeles renters report average rents are up $124 per month compared to the previous 12 months.”
4. Food Costs- I always lived with the idea that the more people buy a product, the lower the price, so imagine my naivety when it comes to food costs. Everything is expensive just for the sake of being expensive. Thank God for the McDonald Value Menu, when you don’t want to have to write out a check or take out a loan to eat lunch. Even my Little Debbie snack cakes are thirty cents higher than in my old state. It does not make sense to me.
5. Entertainment Costs-I am thrilled that I have discovered a $3 theatre on Fairfax/Beverly. Sure, the movie has been out for awhile, but most movies fit this price range. When I want to be robbed, I go to an evening movie, and pay anywhere from $11.50-$14.50. It has made me the queen of the matinee and AMC in Woodland Hills. Yep, I travel two hours to go to the first run for under $7. It’s the principle of the thing. It is the fact that they then want you to pay huge amounts for popcorn and a drink. At the price tickets are at, it should be included.
6. All the “isms” that Los Angeles is known for. You know racism, sexism, ageism, and class division. For a city that holds fantasy and entertainment at its center, it is good at allowing itself to get away with all kinds of discrimination to present an illusion to the rest of the world. If the world only wants to see blondes, then that is what is shown. If the world wants the rich and famous, then out they come, but rarely does Los Angeles look at itself and present the reality that people are diverse, and it is that diversity that can stand Los Angeles apart, if it knew how to capitalize on it.