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Christopher Hawthorne

The myth of L.A. as a 'creatives' paradise -- and why loving the city means seeing its flaws

The myth of L.A. as a 'creatives' paradise -- and why loving the city means seeing its flaws

In the last several months, a wondrous mythology has emerged about Los Angeles in cultural circles. A steady drip of articles — in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other outlets — has abused countless adjectives in describing our town as some sort of Shangri-La of creativity, a land of craft beer and sky-lighted studios and untold quantities of cultural inventiveness. Certainly, there is some debunking that goes on whenever these stories appear. As Curbed L.A. helpfully pointed out, you can't rent a dreamy, two-bedroom bungalow for $1,250 in Echo Park, no matter what the New York Times says. But many Angelenos nonetheless seem pretty happy...

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