One of my fun things to do, when I have time, is to compare the different states and cities in the US. What most foreigners who have never lived here don't realize is just how vastly different each state can be from the next. Historically, I have been ragging on Detroit, a city in US which has been mired with poverty, crime, and growing exodus. Damian, who has lived there and loves the city, is leaving that shit hole, so that should tell you something about the state of affairs there. Listening to one of the podcasts by Adam Corrola (yes, the one that used to be the co-host on the Man Show) and he made me realize that LA is not far from Detroit, if not worse. Some of the criticism: Barb wires on your stop signs to repel or prevent graffiti? Lack of funds for any real investments (we spoke of this aspect before) LA -- in many parts, looks like Mexico. I.E. sofas on the lawns, cinderblocks/shopping carts used as fences, no grass. He went on an on. I liked his description--and his female co-host agreed -- that there are two types of crimes: One that's in your face, robbery, murder, rape, high level felony. This tends to be more uncommon than the low level crime that pervades LA like cancer. "It's like a slow, dry raping of your soul while you are half knocked out". Granted, it's one guy, but he lives there, his co-hosts live there and they are not politically correct about ANYTHING on that radio show. So to me, it sounds like probably the most honest overview of LA (not West where the rich neighborhoods like Malibu exists-- and Adam made a joke that that's why the the rich folks are buying electric cars that have a radius of 8 miles capability, it's so they don't get in to the shitty neighborhoods around LA. I hate New York, but the more I read about the other cities (he had a cop call in from Dallas and OMG! Another shit hole) I am not so sure it's THAT bad.