15 Things You Didn’t Know about Los Angeles
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Today we are looking at the world’s capital of Hollywood’s glamour and entertainment – Los Angeles.
Home to nearly every major celebrity and birth place of reality television,
Los Angeles is the center of everything entertainment.
The city has its own culture of beauty and health
with everyone drinking green juices, eating egg whites and practicing yoga,
or at the very list of booking themselves in for a facelift.
Nowhere on Earth does glitz and glamour like Los Angeles,
but it’s also home to gorgeous beaches,
remote hilltops and small towns that the majority of visitors never see.
Because ALUX.com is dedicated to becoming
the world’s best resource on the most fabulous cities and destinations.
We couldn’t wait to give you 15 things you didn’t know about LA.
1. Beverly Hills began as a simple lima bean ranch.
Maria Rita Quintero de Valdez
Maria Rita Quintero de Valdez
settled in Los Angeles in 1828,
买了一块4500英亩叫做Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas的地
choosing a 4,500 acre of property called Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas.
This was then bought by two brothers who farmed lima beans on the land.
And they were then bought out by an oil company in 1900.
Rodeo Land and Water Company
renamed the property and its land “Beverly Hills”,
and then started splitting it up to sell.
The Beverly Hills hotel followed in 1911,
and the area’s population began to grow and grow,
envolving into the plush expensive area we know today.
2. Hollywood was established in LA to escape patents.
Thomas Edison patented over 1,000 inventions throughout his career,
including incandescent lightbulbs,
photography and one of the earliest movie cameras.
His patents applied to creating movies and the finished products,
so the first film production firms moved out of Edison’s reach
where enforcement could be difficult – California.
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3. LA has the biggest Thai population outside of Thailand.
80,000 Thai people live in Los Angeles.
They are by no means the largest immigrant group in the City,
but they are the largest population outside of the country itself.
LA’s population ranges from Americans to Filipinos,
and it has the rich history of multiculturalism.
People from 140 countries,
speaking 224 different languages live throughout LA,
and have created their own enclaves throughout the city,
such as Korean Town, Little Ethiopia and Little Tokyo.
4. The Los Angeles coroner’s office has a gift shop.
The LA coroner’s office is well and truly open to the public,
and they’re definitely up for making a profit.
They sell body bags style luggage,
customized mugs and videos of gory local murders.
Crime has been declining in LA for a decade,
with nearly 300 homicides recorded in 2013,
less than New York 328 in the same year.
Now that this figure is continuing to go down.
Maybe they thought it was time to start focusing on branded mugs and T-shirts.
5 圣莫尼卡有一个大农场 希特勒打算在二战后住在这里
5. There’s a ranch in Santa Monica where Hitler was going to live after World War II.
Hitler obviously planned to win the second world war,
and he was planning to run the Nazi Empire from Murphy’s ranch in Sant Monica,
rather than Berlin, which would have been the obvious choice.
Millions were spent on the 22-bedroom ranch.
It had a 375,000 gallon water tank,
its own diesel power plant, a meat locker and a bomb shelter.
The building has now become eerily abandoned
and is covered in colorful graffiti.
6. Vernon is the smallest city within Los Angeles,
with a population of just 112.
Vernon consists mainly of factories and industrial warehouses,
and inspite its small population,
it attracts 54,000 workers to its various businesses every year.
It was even named Los Angeles’ most business-friendly city in 2008,
and produces 250 million dollars in revenue annually.
Recent efforts to consolidate Vernon into the rest of LA have failed,
with its few residents determining to stay independent.
7. The Hollywood sign used to be lit with thousands of lightbulbs.
In the 1920s, the famous Hollywood sign
or the Hollywoodland sign as it was then
was lit up at night with lightbulbs.
There were so many of them that they would run out of juice pretty regularly.
To stop someone from having to track up there
every time a bulb needed changing,
a man was hired to live up there in a cabin
so he could replace the burnt-out bulbs daily.
8. There are more cars in the city than people.
LA traffic is notorious for being congested,
and it’s probably because there are more cars than people.
Plans to build more freeways have been rejected,
because there literally isn’t enough room,
and the cultural norm of driving everywhere has only added to the problem.
Los Angeles residents spend 80 hours sitting in traffic every year,
and despite their public transport system being pretty well developed,
most refuse to use it.
9. LA was part of Mexico until 1848.
LA may seem all-American with a Hollywood sign and celebrity lookalikes,
but it was once a part of Mexican territory.
Its original name was the Town of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels,
当然 你知道 是沿用洛杉矶河的西班牙语名字
on the course, you know, LA River in Spanish of course.
After the Mexican American war,
American took back control of Los Angeles in 1848.
By 1900, the population had grown to 102,000.
10. There is a network of hidden tunnels underneath the city.
11 miles of tunnels run from Spring Street to 1st Street
and were mainly used during the prohibition era for illegal group like activities.
Bodies were moved. Alcohol was stored,
and even billions of dollars would change hands down there.
It’s a rumor that there are still entrances,
and even an elevator to the tunnels,
but they are apparently very hard to find.
11 自从20世纪七十年代 就有野生鸡
11. There have been feral chickens
living underneath the Hollywood freeways since the 1970s.
US Route 101 is the home of colony of chickens,
and no one can get rid of them.
It suggested they’ve arrived there after escaping an overturned poultry truck,
and decided to set up their home.
There are lots of alternate stories however,
with some even thinking they were put it there by two boys
who were hiding their pets from complaining neighbors.
There are now two colonies of chickens,
and they’ve become permanent residents.
12. It costs $30,000 to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
You might think that Hollywood stars would give out to those
who contributed to the showbiz as a gesture of goodwill.
But most of the time, it’s been paid for with cold hard cash.
It’s not always the celebrities themselves who pays for the stars.
Fan clubs, studios and anyone who is interested can raise funds for them posthumously.
13 20世纪50年代之前 不允许修建高于150英尺的建筑
13. The construction of buildings over 150 feet were banned until the 1950s.
Los Angeles has a spawning and low cityscape,
unlike many other American cities
that have a skyline punctuated with skyscrapers.
The reason for this is that restrictions were placed on constructions up until the late 50s.
The one exception is City Hall,
which is the tallest base-isolated structure in the world,
at 32 stories high.
14. Japanese Americans living in LA
were moved to interment camps during World War II.
Because of Japan and the US’s conflict,
Japanese Americans were forced out of the city
after the attack on Pearl Harbor,
eliminating Little Tokyo entirely.
Public opinion had completely turned against Japanese,
and the Alien Enemies Act was issued,
stating that Germans and Italians were also enemies of the United States.
Japanese immigrants relocated to the camps throughout the US,
but the majority were on the West Coast.
15. You might meet the ghost of Marilyn Monro at the Roosevelt Hotel.
Monroe stayed at Roosevelt Hotel on numerous vacations,
generally staying in a specific poolside suite.
It is rumored that her ghost has appeared in a full-length mirror
that was located in her suite,
but has now been placed next to an elevator.
There are many Hollywood ghosts,
including Houdini’s at his former home in the Hollywood Hills,
and Montgomery Clift, roaming the same hotel hallways, just as Marilyn.
We all think we know Los Angeles,
but there’s actually a lot more to this glitz of glam location than meets the eye.
Sprawling and diverse, its climate is as complicated as its history.
It’s famous for so much more than its Hollywood stars.
Don’t forget In-N-Out burger,
traffic jams and the best teenage slang in the world.
So you’re jetting off to Los Angeles.
What do you do first?
Head straight down to Rodeo Drive for the best shopping in the city or
cruise around Calabasas for some Kardashian spotting.
Oh, you are still here.
Here’s another bizarre fact about LA.
Quentin Tarantino bought an old cinema in LA, so he could show whatever he wants.
The new Beverly Cinema is open to the public most of the time,
showing classic film noir and new independence,
Tarantino also screens films from his own private collections
to those lucky enough to get tickets.
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