I have to say that Los Angeles has everything it need to have, to be a huge and cool city, though the transportation could go a bit faster.
The only problem i see, is the distance from different spots, but that can be pretty well fixed with a car. Most people say that you need a car, but i have to agree. But where do you not need a car.
I lived for about 3 weeks in Mission Hills, in the area of San Fernando in Los Angeles. and it took me about 3 hours with bus and subway to get to Santa Monica, which was the closest beach, and it took me about 1 hour to get to North Hollywood, which is, i would say the beginning of the inner core of Los Angeles.
The overall experience for me was the major part of the people i saw was latinos, mexicans or hispanics… and my question is… where are all caucausian white americans, where are they hiding? I didnt know that California was that crowded with spanishtalking people, for example in most parts people doesnt know english that well, so to have a good conversation you need to know spanish, but i already mentioned it before in other posts, but this concerns me quite a bit, so i just needed to repeat.
Travelcosts: 1,25 for a one way ticket, 5 dollar for an entire day, the ticket works on buses and metros. Though Venice Beach and Long Beach has their own transportationbusiness.
Touristfactor: Extremely boring to travel on local buses. You seldom see any tourists either there.