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And here I thought there was a difference between LA and NYC. Apparently not. :blush:

 

The problem we are still battling, after 25 years of residency in a neighborhood converted office buildings and an increasing number of new apartment buildings, is that BASIC SERVICES are still lacking. We still don't have even one decent supermarket (for paper and cleaning goods, staples, etc at reasonable prices). Years ago, we were told that it's too difficult for 18-wheeler delivery trucks to get in. :huh: And that there was not sufficient population density to warrant the cost of the space. NOW that we have greater density, we are told that the people moving in don't need that, but only need places to grab takeout. :P

 

Sorry for the rant. I guess that doesn't matter in LA, where everybody has to drive for everything anyway. :P

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On the lack of Downtown LA street life after dark [cue Randy Crawford].

 

As for supermarkets, downtown doesn't have one. There's been talk of a Ralphs for years but it never seems to happen. There is Grand Central Market but it closes early and is more about eating than buying to prepare your own.

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And here I thought there was a difference between LA and NYC. Apparently not.  :blush:

 

The problem we are still battling, after 25 years of residency in a neighborhood converted office buildings and an increasing number of new apartment buildings, is that BASIC SERVICES are still lacking. We still don't have even one decent supermarket (for paper and cleaning goods, staples, etc at reasonable prices). Years ago, we were told that it's too difficult for 18-wheeler delivery trucks to get in.  :huh:  And that there was not sufficient population density to warrant the cost of the space. NOW that we have greater density, we are told that the people moving in don't need that, but only need places to grab takeout.  :P

 

Sorry for the rant. I guess that doesn't matter in LA, where everybody has to drive for everything anyway.  :P

Really depends on the part of downtown the lofts are in. Parts of downtown are very dense residentially and commercially. The public transportation system during the day is very fast and efficient. But the area for the most part shuts down as it gets dark.

 

There are neighborhoods in parts of Santa Monica (EXPENSIVE), Koreatown, Chinatown, Glendale, Silverlake. and so on where residents can and do walk to shop and for basic services. Oftentimes Los Angelenos drive rather than walk to a store out of habit.

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Oftentimes Los Angelenos drive rather than walk to a store out of habit.

This was exacerbated by the ongoing efforts of stores to prevent the conversion of their grocery carts into homeless vehicles. Not that long ago, locals could take the cart of groceries home on foot. Now, there are all manner of sensors and automatic locks to prevent taking a cart off the parking lot. Some stores have carts modeled after cars to appeal to youngsters. These do not seem to be equipped with locks or sensors. So, a shopper fills the cart with goods, goes thru check out with child in the cart only to have to transfer the child to a standard locking cart to exit the store. Apparently, the car-carts cost a lot more than standard ones.

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The shopping cart is also used by street vendors. I took some photos of a woman selling cheese and produce, another set up a make shift food cart.

 

I've also seen people using old strollers to transport their groceries.

 

Some Whole Foods and Vons locations have those car carts. You can take them out of the store. I doubt anyone would take them though, they have really poor maneuverability.

 

The weirdest thing I saw was at a Jons location. Customers can't take the shopping carts out of the store at all. The bagged groceries are transfered to a different cart and customers are always escorted to their cars.

 

The funniest thing I saw was at an inner city store. They hired someone to pick up shopping carts around the city, so the store has shopping carts from different stores like Vons, 99 cent store, Ralphs...

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The funniest thing I saw was at an inner city store. They hired someone to pick up shopping carts around the city, so the store has shopping carts from different stores like Vons, 99 cent store, Ralphs...

This has been going on in LA for a long time. There's a pickup truck running around scooping up the old carts that you can take off premises and returning them to the store. Sometimes they get overzealous in returning other carts--other times it's the case of a store that's been sold so that the new owner now owns the carts as well. I hate the look of those plastic carts.

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The funniest thing I saw was at an inner city store. They hired someone to pick up shopping carts around the city, so the store has shopping carts from different stores like Vons, 99 cent store, Ralphs...

This has been going on in LA for a long time. There's a pickup truck running around scooping up the old carts that you can take off premises and returning them to the store. Sometimes they get overzealous in returning other carts--other times it's the case of a store that's been sold so that the new owner now owns the carts as well. I hate the look of those plastic carts.

I admire those shopping cart guys for creating a niche service as independent contractors. Yeah, I've seen them around for as long as I can remember. I've never seen a store though that had such a potpourri of carts from other markets. I don't think I saw a single one that belonged to the store itself. The store looks like a pretty new construction, it's in a developing part of town, don't know if it was something else before.... not sure.

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At least it dosen't look like the kleenex snot rag that Gehry used as the model for the Disney Hall.

 

"money, money, money, money, money, money"

You can smell it just west of Broadway, with occasional whiffs floating by amidst the piss and gas fumes at my end of town. People are out huffing money hard.

 

 

All this and they still won't give us a downtown residential park ( despite having corraled the homeless majority into the corner of 6th and San Pedro, an area I fondly refer to as the "Ant Farm") - instead we get the new LAPD headquarters!

And next to St. Vibiana's Culture Church/Little Tokyo Library/ Major Residential Development we get the new LAPD Car Wash/Refueling Station, 'cause apparently the cops can't fucking walk too far from the office to their cars...

Scary boys and girls, very scary.

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All this and they still won't give us a downtown residential park ( despite having corraled the homeless majority into the corner of 6th and San Pedro, an area I fondly refer to as the "Ant Farm") - instead we get the new LAPD headquarters!

 

I agree with you as do the residents of the Higgins Building who thought they'd be facing a park, not LAPD. But, they did need a new HQ; the old one leaks in heavy rains, has asbestos issues, poor wiring, and doesn't comport with Bratton's image. Ah well...

 

As for cops walking to their cars, they live in fear of being ambushed by crazed citizens. That's why most of them wear street clothes to and from work--don't want to be targets.

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I agree with you as do the residents of the Higgins Building who thought they'd be facing a park, not LAPD. But, they did need a new HQ; the old one leaks in heavy rains, has asbestos issues, poor wiring, and doesn't comport with Bratton's image. Ah well...

 

As for cops walking to their cars, they live in fear of being ambushed by crazed citizens. That's why most of them wear street clothes to and from work--don't want to be targets.

 

 

Really Holly, you make us sound like we're all barbarians down here. The cops are all my friends.

I drink with Capt. Smith all the time :lol:

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