How Bad is it in Los Angeles?

Very, very, very bad.

Apropos of Peter’s post below on the decline of California, I too fell for the hoax, albeit only until I came to the “STASI” reference, which should have been clue enough for the Dartmouth man.  But this offers the opportunity to call my latest piece on PJ Media to the attention of the Ricochetti.  In it, I lament the fallen state of Los Angeles, where I was born and raised, and where I once assumed I would always live.  I don’t anymore, for reasons I explain in the piece.  California’s downfall is but an echo of L.A.’s, or maybe it’s the other way around.  

Some of the commenters on the PJM site made a good point, to wit, that in leaving Los Angeles for the suburbs the Dunphy family did not move far enough, and that L.A.’s Detroit-like death spiral will eventually claim the community I now call home.  I fear that may be true.

And if we’re forced to flee California altogether, I ask you, the loyal Ricochetti, where should we go?

  1. William McClain

    I left LA for Germany, but if plastic bag bans are a bane for you I wouldn’t suggest it.

    Trotzdem, I vote for sticking it out in California, because when it starts to fall apart it will need intelligent people who care about it to put it back together. It’s too beautiful a state to be left to the wolves.

  2. Paul Erickson

    Well, I feel like the geeky guy asking the homecoming queen to the prom, but we’d love to have you in New Jersey.

  3. Western Chauvinist

    All conservative Californians have a moral obligation — a debt to pay — to move to Colorado. Your state has been exporting liberals here so long, you owe us!

    ‘Sides, wouldn’t you like to live in a county through which the Ronald Reagan highway runs?

  4. Neolibertarian

    Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, of course.

    You had to ask?

  5. Masked Man

    One of the most Conservative governors in America just lost re-election by a hair. It has the best weather and beaches in the country, incredibly friendly people and zero tolerance for complying with things they think are stupid or pointless. It’s a different culture but that’s part of its allure. I’m referring to Puerto Rico, particularly the more remote west coast.

  6. Misthiocracy

    Will the big studios start building soundstages in northern Mexico?

  7. Nick Stuart

    Fasten your seat belts and brace for impact.

    From LA to Detroit, and everywhere between and beyond.

    The Niagara river looks fairly placid up to a mile or so from the falls. We’re not on a journey to the sea, we’re about to go over the $16,000,000,000,000+++ debt falls.

    It’s going to come suddenly, things will look OK until one day they aren’t.

    Here’s a link to an essay I wrote on the subject about 18 months ago. The debt figure cited is 14.3 trillion. Looks charmingly quaint today.

  8. Copperfield

    Come to TN friend. I currently live just outside Memphis (great suburb, challenging city), but lived in Nashville for 10 years and can heartily recommend it. Good luck whatever you decide.

  9. Look Away

    Western or Southwestern Virginia; Lexington, Roanoke, Blacksburg or Bristol areas. On the TN side, no state income taxes. Wonderful people, great healthcare, beautiful mountains, plentiful lakes, big cities with 4 to 6 hours drive times, ditto on beaches, fairly moderate climate, major universities, inexpensive but quality land with privacy, history, tradition, not many blue stater types, and an Appalachian  culture of some of the most independent citizens in the US.

  10. Two Sheds Jackson

    Texas is full.

  11. TheSophist
    Two Sheds Jackson: Texas is full. · 2 minutes ago

    Actually, we really need conservatives to move in to counterbalance the flood of Progs who believe wholeheartedly in socialism, but move here for the lifestyle afforded by “cost of living” and availability of jobs, then agitate to bring their enlightened Progressive policies here. They somehow never make the connection between the economy, cost of living, and policies.

    Texas is today the true refuge of conservatives. This is a state where David Dewhurst is considered a moderate.

  12. Republic of Texas

    Having lived in both cities I was surprised to find that Houston and LA are similar in lots of ways.  (I lived in LA in the late 80s so my memories are of a time when that city still functioned.)  If you are looking for natural beauty then Houston is NOT your choice (although everything but mountains are in driving range).  But Houston is a vibrant city with a crazy quilt mixture of cultures and peoples plus great restaurants and the best business environment in the country.  Greatest of all is the optimism: other than a fear that D.C. will ruin our future we believe that the sky is the limit!

  13. Lance

    Austin, TX is the ultimate transplantation for any Los Angeleno. My wife and I moved here from LA’s South Bay Area. The Beach Cities are the last bastion for traditional Southern California living. And we had found a nice little place to rent in El Segundo that had an excellent little independent school district. So we could have raised a family there, at least for a while. But that little place would only graduate to ever slightly less little places. It has its issues, and its liberal annoyances, but its also particularly welcoming. It’s like every new Californian is another validation of its superiority in so many things…alas not climate, topography, terrain and a nice ocean breeze are not among them.

  14. Larry3435

    I’ve lived in LA for 52 years.  UCLA undergrad.  USC law school.  Like Jack, I assumed I always would.  But last year I bought what will become my residence in Las Vegas.  No state income taxes; close enough to visit friends back in the crumbling ruins of Los Angeles; cost of living about 2/3 of LA; and world-class everything available.  Why, my vote will even count, for the first time in decades.  What’s not to like?

  15. Larry3435
    Misthiocracy: Will the big studios start building soundstages in northern Mexico? · 1 hour ago

    They already have.  They like Canada too.

  16. BrentB67

    Welcome to Texas, but please leave all the bad California voting habits like democrat super majorities behind.

  17. John Hanson

    Well we left California in 2001 when my job moved to New Jersey, where we have lived in Sussex County, a very conservative and rural part of the state, so we were able to survive but I would not recommend NJ as too many of its cities and the history of the state government is rather corrupt.  Current governer is a Republican, Cris Cristie, but it is a stretch to call him a conservative. Dems control both houses of state legislature.  We found we love the east, with four seasons, and we hate heat and humidity, so don’t want to go south, so we went other way, and are slowly moving our base of operations into New Hampshire.   No state income tax, no general state sales tax, but are taxes on hotels, restaurants.  Property taxes vary on local jursidiction, but average in middle of pack.

    We have fallen in love with New England, and if only a hundred thousand or so conservatives would move in, could block the slow transition to a liberal state that has been going on.    Least liberal of any New England state, and cant beat motto “Live Free or Die!”

  18. Mama Toad

    I second Joan’s recommendation. NOT New York. But you knew that already….

  19. Joan of Ark La Tex

    Louisiana. Good weather, good food, relatively low property tax and great music. 

  20. Mama Toad

    OK  – how did my post pop up ahead of Joan’s?? She beat me by at least a minute — I am totally weirded out. This is not the first time I have seen this.

    Overlords? Have you noticed this too?

    ***Update: BSA is on the job fixing this! Thanks, BSA!