Los Angeles is splendidly Art Deco, with so many glamorous buildings to wonder at: the Chinese Theater, the Eastern Columbia building, the Oviatt Building, the Wiltern. There are little nods to the style nearly everywhere you look in LA, including our own City Hall. The glamorous style emerged in France following WWI, and became quite popular here, as certain movers and shakers were able to see examples at the Paris Exhibition in 1925 and brought it back to LA with them. Over time, many of the buildings, like the Richfield Tower, were demolished and replaced with something else, but fortunately, several remain and are fiercely preserved by local history buffs. Los Angeles even has an Art Deco Society for those who appreciate the aesthetic to converse and mingle at Gatsby-esque soirees.
Public transit is getting better nearly every day in LA, but the daily headache of traffic jams remains. For that reason, we're all about trying to find shortcuts. Many of us will maintain that certain roads are better than others, and that can vary depending on what time of day it is. Some common shortcuts you might hear are taking Fountain through Hollywood, or taking one of the canyon roads when going between the Valley and the Westside. Some shortcuts, however, are very complicated and involve multiple turns, and those have been immortalized in the SNL skit, 'The Californians,' where all you have to do is take "get back on San Vicente, take it to the 10 then switch over to the 405 North and let it dump you out into Mulholland where you belong." In modern times, apps like Waze and Google Maps have configured all of this for us. The problem with those, however, is the dreaded left turn from a side street onto a busy road with no light. The worst!