Thursday, August 27, 2015

Surprising Sights in a Developed Country


LA Smog | Surprising Sights in a Developed Country|
A panoramic view of LA and smog at Runyon Canyon.
She writes…

Los Angeles has many panoramic and historical sights.

Aside from being the world’s entertainment capital, it has a destination for every type of tourist— from those who want to explore the great outdoors to those who prefer more intellectual pursuits. 

For locals, living here is never a bore because something is always happening – concerts, plays, art walks, you name it.

As an LA resident for the last couple of months, I’ve enjoyed the city’s many delights in more ways than one.  I’ve also become acquainted with the more unlikely scenes and sights that I didn’t expect to see on this side of the world and here are some of them:


Traffic jam

LA is the top US city with the worst traffic congestion. It’s a far comparison to cities like Bangkok and Manila because vehicles on the roads are actually moving albeit very slowly. Roads here may be wider but there are also more cars since driving is the best way to get around.

SR 118 |Surprising Sights in a Developed Country|
118 Freeway at a standstill on February 28, 2015

Although there was this one time last February when traffic was at a standstill on the 118 freeway for about 15 minutes, such that we were able to switch the car engine off while we waited for the Highway Patrol to clear the roads of the several cars that collided. 

Air and Water Pollution

If you can’t make out the constellations at night, the stars aren’t visible because of the smog.

In fact, when you hike up Runyon Canyon during the day, you’ll see dark clouds hovering above LA.  That’s not all—even some creeks need cleaning up because garbage is disposed in the water.

Bald mountains

I had a picture in mind of how California might look like. I imagined a scenery of green verdant mountains bordered by the deep blue Pacific Ocean.

Calabasas mountains |Surprising Sights in a Developed Country|
Mountains are almost bare along the 101 Freeway near Calabasas.
While the sea is azure blue, the many mountain ranges are dry and treeless.  This could be because of the dry heat or the frequent brush fires during the summer.

Drought

If you ask members of the Californians for Population Stabilization, they advocate for the government to employ policies that would slow down immigration in the state because the influx of people is supposedly depleting resources such as water.
 
Even Getty Villa has turned off its water features in an effort to save water during the drought.
Other experts say its global warming while some blame the existence of golf courses. Nonetheless, this problem seems very unbelievable for a state that borders an ocean and is considered among the top 10 world economies.

Informal Settlers and vagrants
homeless DTLA |Surprising Sights in a Developed Country|
Denizens on San Pedro Street, DTLA.
For a county that boasts more than 700 billion of yearly GDP, it’s difficult to reconcile how there could be homeless people in the streets and train stations.  Instead of building temporary shanties in vacant lots as seen in several parts of Metro Manila, many homeless people I’ve seen while driving around LA have been able to pitch tents on the streets and under freeway overpasses. #

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