I am not an Angeleno, but I am a "legal alien" (shouldn't that be changed at some stage - alien always sounds so suspect). This is my primary residence right now, due to my occupation. I arrived here initially at 22, without really knowing a soul. Like any new city, it took time to figure everything out, make friends, but looking back it was such an adventure, as still is.
Los Angeles does get a bad wrap at times........smog, earthquakes, crazy people, no architecture and on and on. I believe every city has history and there is beauty, compassion and inspiration - sometimes you just have to look up!
This building could be anywhere......a million dollar apartment overlooking Central Park, NY or a flat in Notting Hill, in London. But its 3rd and La Brea (heavy traffic area, for my out-of-town viewers) in LA on a particularly beautiful morning.