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    Los Angeles, planning-wise - what to see?

    So, my GF is a native of Los Angeles; the San Fernando Valley, to be exact. We'll probably be traveling there to visit some family members in August. From a planning geek standpoint, what would be some interesting places to visit?
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    The Getty Museums. (Both, but don't expect great art. good art yes, but not knock your socks off stuff)
    https://www.google.com/maps/@34.0763...evtncw!2e0!3e4
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Th...f98965af6ca4b0

    Balboa Island. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ba...1e24d6b4747f87
    The Pacific Coast Highway.

    I would include going to Downtown Disney to see how planning is used to fleece tourists, but you've witnessed that already in Florida.

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    There's the obvious, get stuck in traffic somewhere, the subway that doesn't really go anywhere, the food desert that is the Compton area...I'll ask the wife tonight, she grew up there.
    I would recommend seeing some of the cool architecture. King's Road House was interesting, there is a good variety of modern homes from different people.
    For fun, look up Ice Cube and architecture on you tube. He has a couple things to say about his city.
    Otherwise, go be disappointed at how crappy Hollywood really is, enjoy the Strip and whatever else is out there.
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    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    I would recommend seeing some of the cool architecture.
    Lunch or dinner at a Googie style family restaurant is on the list.

    Balboa Island looks interesting.

    How about Pasadena, or some area with a heavy concentration of bungalows?
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    From my wife:
    Check out Venice for the canals and the shopping, cool housing and tourist crap.
    She also said Huntington library has the original autoban society bird books if you're into that.
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    I've only been out there a couple of times and found nothing to be really exciting, planning-wise. For how relatively new their BRT, train, and subway systems are, I found them to actually be pretty useful though. And the entire LA area seemed much more dense than how it's portrayed in TV, movies, and media. Yes, there is endless "sprawl" but it's pretty dense sprawl compared to large cities of the Midwest.

    I think an architecture buff would find more interesting stuff out there than a planning buff. One of the more interesting spots out there I thought were the Watts Towers. Definitely worth a little excursion.
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    So, I have a project that will take me out to Los Angeles (the west side of LA) several times over the next year or so. To follow up on Dan's original question, and not looking at it from just a planning standpoint, what's good to see? And, more importantly, what's good to eat?
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    Oh Yeah

    Ask Brocktoon....Brocktoon LOVES LA

    http://www.museumofdeath.net/info

    other than that I'm only familiar with the Fontana Railyard.
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    There are lots of “fine dining” options, but these are some recommendations I personally know of that are fun places, on the West side or Mid-City:

    Trejo’s Tacos (Danny Trejo aka Machete owns it)
    A-Frame (one of Roy Choi’s creations, Asian-Hawaiian fusion)
    Versailles Restaurant (yummy Cuban restaurant)
    The Stinking Rose (Vampires beware!)
    Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles (if you get homesick for southern food)

    Some things to see:
    West side:
    Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade

    Mid-City:
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the La Brea Tar Pits
    Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park (hike up to get a nice view of the Hollywood sign and on a clear day you can see all of downtown to the ocean)

    Downtown LA:
    Olivera Street (close to Union Station)
    Little Tokyo
    Exposition Park – has The Coliseum, Natural History Museum (where the “Night at the Museum” movies were filmed), California Science Center (free), California African American Museum (free), Rose Garden, USC campus

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    Thanks, terraplnr! That's exactly what I was looking for.
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