vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Go west, not-so-young blogger

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In 1914, six-year-old Jane Alice Peters (whom the world would eventually come to know as Carole Lombard) moved to Los Angeles with her mother Elizabeth and older brothers Frederic and Stuart. In 2014, this writer is hoping to do likewise.

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The centenary is merely a coincidence; I am at the stage of my life where I can make such a move. While I'm currently employed, it's the type of long-term tempposition I could continue despite a relocation (and if need be, I also can begin searching for employment that has additional security). With the passing of my mother last month, there are no family obligations to speak of, and money from the sale of my parents' house should help pay for a move.

For a movie buff and a fan of classic Hollywood, Los Angeles is the place, beyond a doubt. True, Hollywood Boulevard has changed from this...

hollywood boulevard 1936b

...to this...

hollywood boulevard 2013 oscars

...but for anyone who's a serious student of film history (and while we have fun at "Carole & Co.", history and research is the raison d'etre for this site), the resources Los Angeles offers are vast indeed. There's the Margaret Herrick Library, run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences...

margaret herrick library 00a

...the Los Angeles Central Library downtown, not to mention several outstanding local university libraries...

los angeles central library 00

...and a large, supportive community of film researchers and historians, many of whom I've come to know and befriend in recent years.

Beyond film fan aspects, Los Angeles has a lot going for it these days. Its once-sluggish downtown has been revitalized over the past two decades. Subway, light rail and other transit modes have made the region less car-centric than it was a half-century ago. Economically, the area has become the hub of the Pacific Rim, forging close ties to both Asia and Latin America.

As with undertaking any significant endeavor, assistance is sought. Not financial help, mind you, merely advice from those of you who either are Angelenos or are familiar with the area. What neighborhoods have good apartments at a reasonable price? Any tips on mass transit? Is there anything people who make a move to Los Angeles tend to overlook? I've done some prior research on my own, but there's only so much you can know without being there firsthand (and I haven't been to L.A. since March 2000). Suggestions on these and other topics would be greatly appreciated. So please provide your input.

To close, an anthem that perfectly describes the way I feel...


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