If you were a Google Map and someone typed “Los Angeles” into you, where would you stick the pin? Maybe you’d put it in the iconic beaches, with their Bay Watch bodies, lifeguard towers and iconic Santa Monica Pier. That is the dream of the West, after all. But you would also have cause to stick it up in the Hollywood Hills for the image of celebrity-filled infinity pools, rippling and reflecting under the romantic gaze of Griffith Observatory. That said, you would be easily applauded for putting it downtown, reinvigorated with its ever-changing skyline and influx of travelers, eaters and makers. But even if you landed it in Inglewood, Compton or San Pedro. Even if you decided Beverly Hills, Westwood or Malibu. The skatepark in the sand at Venice Beach, or just over a little bit at the boardwalk of Venice Beach, or just slightly over from that to the Venice Sign of Venice Beach, or hell, why not the Hollywood Sign, the lampposts at LACMA or Grauman’s Chinese Theater! You would not be wrong!
There’s a reason that Chinatown, Laurel Canyon, Mulholland Drive, Sunset Blvd and Beverly Hills Cop are all iconic movie titles about the same city.
Because all of Los Angeles is Los Angeles. That’s what makes it…