August 9, 2006

What LA Neighborhood Is Right for You?

When Mrs. Newbie and I decided to move here last year, we knew little about life in Los Angeles. We were vaguely familiar with LA sightseeing and shopping, but had no experience with neighborhoods, commuting or housing. We knew nothing about east side vs. west side, coast vs. inland, valley vs. basin. Nothing about being an Angeleno.

So how did we learn? Wikipedia gave us neighborhood histories and locations. Rentslicer let us compare housing costs. Bloggers generously advised. Census data, crime stats and Curbed LA didn't hurt. And we drove and walked around LA for nearly a week, visiting different neighborhoods at different times of day.

But we neglected one crucial metric - the Gossipy Fellow Diner at the 100+ Location Chain Restaurant test - used by this Atwater Village forum writer to break a tie between Eagle Rock and AV:

I was having breakfast at Mimi's, which btw is excellent food and service, when I had the pleasure of meeting two gentlemen that are the owners of an up and coming barbeque business. I was very impressed with the comments of their business and found it appaling that they found no support in their own community. Therefore they had to take their business to the kind people of Eagle Rock who were more than happy to welcome them into their Farmer's Market and local events. Therefore when I decide to purchase a new home, I will be looking in the Eagle Rock area because obviously Atwater does not support their local businesses.

See, we assumed relocation was all about economics, crime, access and aesthetics. Silly! It's all about the politics of BBQ sauce vendors and farmers' markets.


LA City Nerd said...

I am always happy to help!

blogger said...

The nerd rocks. - AVN

Joseph said...

Do you realise that much happens outside of Atwater ?

blogger said...

Like where, Sydney? I'll leave that to the Oz Newbie. - AVN

sherru said...

I want to hear from Mrs. Newbie! Stop oppressing her.

blogger said...

Mrs. Newbie would like you to know she is not being oppressed. Mrs. Newbie in her spare time has been auditioning the personal services available in and around Atwater Village. Please stay tuned for her very own Rate-a-Spa #1.