March 18th, 2014

Los Angeles – a giant

Main Center of Southern California is the world capital for the production of illusions – from the movie to life. This is the "floor" of the great American cities (metropolitan area has a population of more than 15m people) became a symbol of the film and entertainment for all tastes. Hollywood, Disneyland, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica resorts – this is something to aspire to and what guided the Americans.

Los Angeles – the city's powerful enough phenomenon that leaves no one indifferent. For some, it is the perfect fetish, serene and carefree environment of human existence, for others – a vast conurbation little adapted to everyday life. In 1949 Ralph Hancock wrote: "Here is a small dusty Mexican pueblo, which consciously start your path to greatness through clever, consistent, scientific support advertising, and now, sixty years later, is the result: a sparkling outgrown itself as a setting for movies." Who would like to live among the scenery? Even the actors get tired of it. But Los Angeles ensnare so many celebrities that actually became the capital of the stars whose lives are equal to the common people. But the city began its existence without any prospects for prosperity.

In 1871 the Spaniards laid on the shore of the Gulf storms open all tiny village whose population numbered only 44 people. He got a big name "City of Our Lady, Queen of Angels (El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles). When in 1835 the town became a possession of Mexico, the first part of the name has been omitted, and it began to sound like Los Angeles. However, short-lived, the U.S. attacked his neighbor and took a vast territory from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. Got them and "City of Angels" and the settlement became known as Los Angeles (English pronunciation). City status was assigned to him in 1850. At that time there was only 1600 inhabitants. So this would remain a backwater settlement, if at the end of the XIX century in Southern California was not open oil, production of which has boosted the development of the entire region. But then on the primacy claimed two other cities along the coast convenient natural bays in the north – San Francisco, in the south – San Diego. In standard economic scenario and had to happen. However, salespeople from DLA (abbreviated as called Los Angeles) have succeeded in getting Congress federal subsidies for insanely expensive at the time the project for 15 years (1899 – 1914.) In the southeastern part of the city in the Bay of San Pedro Pacific was built seaport, housed in the largest artificial harbor in the world.

Equally important in the transformation of the city played natural factors: the endless sun, sea, palm trees, orange groves, rest and keep warm. This piece of paradise in 1908 and was chosen by the American moviemakers have created in the suburbs "dream factory" – Hollywood. Along with the movie came to town fame, success, luxury. The opening of the Silicon Valley brought Los Angeles 'foremost' modern technology. In record time, the city became the leader of the U.S. aviation industry: there are dozens of companies producing different types of aircraft – from fighter jets and heavy long-range bombers to transport and passenger liners. Then Los Angeles has become a major center for the production of missiles, and various parts for them, as well as all kinds of appliances and electronic equipment. But especially developed in scientific research and development laboratories associated with the development of new weapons systems and other military equipment. On the cost of such government military orders other city bypassed U.S. Centers. So today, Los Angeles is not only the center of film and entertainment, but also the largest military-industrial base in the Pacific. So, the first "contrast" is evident.

The second "strangeness" of Los Angeles is that, in fact, he is not quite the city and towns conglomerate that spanned from north to south along the coast for more than 80 kilometers. Such vastness and decentering Los Angeles associated with the history of its development: it arose as a result of closing the set grows, expands towns. Sometimes they appeared around the Hollywood studios. So, "Metro Goldwyn Mayer" gave birth Culver City, the center of which stands the building of a giant corporation "Sony Pictures enterteyment" very similar to the mausoleum.
Fooling attractions of Los Angeles on foot – a hopeless task. If you get at least one of the freeways, you will immediately become clear that the city – typical product of the century cars.

There is no subway or tram, very few bus routes. Only a taxi or private car give the opportunity to explore 10,000 square kilometers metropolis built single-storey cottage, alternating with oil derricks and factory buildings or recreation areas. Los Angeles called "the city roads," most "one-story" of all major U.S. cities, and even