This reminds me that when visitors comment on the admittedly rampant ugliness of Los Angeles, my first response is inevitably to point out that Los Angeles is just 231 years old—an infant still in diapers, sometimes badly stained.
Paris, which most certainly consider one of the world's most beautiful cities, is an order of magnitude older, having been around for nearly 2,300 years and counting.
"Come back when Los Angeles is 2,300 years old and see how beautiful it will be," I tell the doubters.
Of course, what we know as Paris today was very largely the result of the draconian rebuilding of the city by
Perhaps what Los Angeles needs is a visionary of the caliber of Haussmann who will rake away all the mini-malls and dingbats, widen (and repave!) the boulevards, and bring some sense of order into the urban free-for-all that is L.A.
If only it were this easy.
See you in two weeks.