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Had my best time in live 1988-1989 where i lived as student in west hollywood, never ever found such a warm place....
I have lived in West Hollywood for the past 20 years and am sad to see some of the changes that have occurred. It is no longer the cool little gay city i was proud to live in. I have a growing resentment for influx of straight people with children that seem to be moving here in hoards. They sure didn't want to live here during the 80's when the AIDS epidemic broke out. Instead they joined the Federal government in turning a blind eye to our plight and were pretty happy we were all clustered in an area they could avoid. Twenty years later they want to reap the rewards of all the hard work the gay community put into building a safe, clean fashionable neighborhood without having put anything into it. Of course our self serving city leaders have made it easy for them to come flooding in by approving contracts that are personally lucrative & has let developers tear down whole blocks of great little houses to put up huge apartment complexes with rents so high that long time residents & single people can't afford them. Alot of the people who have supported this city for years are now forced to move away from it to make room for the latest generation of selfish, straight couples with kids to get a strong hold in a city that is supposed to be Gay. But that isn't all our reckless, over paid, greed driven city leaders have done. They have made changes that cost local residents lots of money at every turn. All of the photo enforced red lights with outrageous fines attached to them along the Fountain Avenue speed trap that exists from La Cienega to La Brea is one glaring example. My visitors can never find parking because the City refuses to make my street permit parking like every other street in the area so that city employees can take up all the local parking because the to city hall parking lot is too small for the staff . The Sheriffs are disrespectful of the residents and have incorporated racial profiling in their way of doing business. Just ask my black boy friend who gets hassled by them nearly every time he leaves our apartment and is walking on the street any time after 10 pm. Alot of things about this city have been pissing me off over the past several years, like the job listing I saw on the WEHO tv channel that stated "must speak Russian" WTF? I could NEVER get away with listing a job that says must speak English, but I guess the City has different rules for different cultures just as they have different rules for themselves than they impose on residents. West Hollywood has gotten overly crowded, overly expensive, overly policed, is traffic congested, has no parking or good public transit. I am sure there are people that will disagree with many of the points of views i have expressed, but no one who has lived in WEHO for the past 20 years can deny that this city has changed and not for the better.
In retrospect, it's unbelievable that the city of Los Angeles did not fight for this parcel of land, which has become extremely valuable due to its prime location between Beverly Hills and Hollywood, and at the foot of the Hollywood Hills. Cityhood has been good for West Hollywood, with overflowing city coffers in large part due to revenue from hotels, nightlife, retail, and of course, the notorious parking situation. It's one of the few areas in LA that is truly walkable and has a strong neighborhood feel to it. Rental housing is expensive, aging and substandard due to rent control, strong anti-development sentiment and low investment by landlords. Development rules in the past few years favored large, new-build construction, most of which is priced anywhere from $600,000 to well over a million dollars for a small condo. Most of this new development is currently sitting empty and unsold. For a city with residents making "average" incomes for LA County, the city needs to focus on bringing in better and newer housing stock for the vast majority of residents who are renters.
The nighlife capital of Los Angeles. Along with its bigger namesake, Hollywood, West Hollywood or "Weho" is the go-to destination for dining, nightlife, and shopping. An endless amount of options to spend money exists in Weho an extremely walkable and welcoming nieghborhood. You'll also clearly be able to tell that this is one of the largest gay and lesbian meccas in the world. Some problems with Weho include poor parking availability and lack of convenient public transportation. Also the park system of West Hollywood is limited and subpar.
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