Los Angeles spans a vast area occupied by such famous towns as Hollywood– where people flock to have dreams come true (some do, others not so much)– Beverly Hills (where the rich and famous shop, dine and reside) and other wealthy (Pacific Palisades, Belair, Brentwood) and/or eclectic neighborhoods such as Silver Lake and Culver City. It is a storied land that attracts tourists from around the world, many who for reasons unknown to this resident who enjoy sitting in uncomfortable-looking tour van gawking at what the driver claims are homes of celebrities (some are, others not so much).
During the holiday season Beverly Hills was jammed with shoppers who went to specifically to browse (and perhaps buy) the over-priced, designer-named shops along the two mile stretch of some of the priciest real estate in the world of Rodeo Drive. They also frequented local restaurants and of course stayed in posh hotels such as the Peninsula, Montage, Luxe, Hotel Bel-air and Four Seasons on Wilshire or Doheny. Of course not everybody can afford those stiff tabs and there are plenty of other options for those
So now after digressing, we promised you trivia and here is some which this writer amassed during years of writing the annual ACCESS Guide to Los Angeles (Harper Collins Publishers):
- During a trip to Los Angeles, Noël Coward once observed, “There is something so delightfully real about what is phony about what is real here.”
- The first issue of the Los Angeles Times, published in 1881, was delivered by horse-drawn wagons and carriages.
- More women own businesses in the Los Angeles–Long Beach area than in any other metropolitan area in the country.
- LA boasts the longest bus in the U.S. The Metro Orange Line bus stretches 65 feet and holds 100 passengers.
Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world with hundreds of productions filmed daily on LA streets (see video). The motion picture/TV production industry and related services generate mega billions of dollars annually. The top 10 filming locations were for years located in:
- Downtown Los Angeles, Griffith Park, Industrial East Side of Downtown Los Angeles
- Ocean Front Walk
- Hancock Park
- Hollywood Boulevard
- Pacific Palisades
- Studio City
- North Hollywood
- Crenshaw/Adams Jefferson Park
- Hollywood Hills
LAX is the most filmed airport in the world for movies