Planning is an essential aspect of a city because it determines its liveliness and attractiveness. People across the world tour certain cities in preference to others due to differences in planning. A beautiful and attractive city must have appropriate planning, which depicts the impressive architectural nature of buildings, appealing landscape, spacious streets, and imposing gardens or parks where people can rest.
Moreover, proximities of shopping centers, markets, hotels, and residential estates determine the attractive of a city to buyers, sellers, as well as tourists.
While some people visit cities to admire the impressive architectural buildings, others tour to enjoy the calming gardens and parks that grace the landscape. Usually, elegance of a city relies on a combination of several factors that relate to planning. Therefore, this essay reflects on planning of Los Angeles city.
Los Angeles city is a unique city because it does not meet criterion of a standard and an elegant city. A normal city usually has center or heart where numerous executive offices and prime businesses are situated. However, Los Angeles has no specified center that defines its principal activities since it consists of several neighborhoods and districts that have their own minor cities.
Therefore, when one visits Los Angeles, it is exceptionally difficult to locate a center that holds significant economic activities of the city since businesses and executive offices occur randomly across the city. Therefore, it means that, residents of Venice, Hollywood, Chinatown, and Beverly Hills amongst others do not have a central place where they can interact with one other since Los Angeles has no specified center.
Unlike other cities, Los Angeles is also unique in that it has no borders that define its boundary and differentiate it from residential estates. Los Angeles is a homogenous city that covers expansive land ranging from residential estates to skyscrapers. Although the majority of the impressive buildings scatter cross the land, some of the buildings are in a perceived center of the city.
Additionally, impressive architectural buildings that spread across Los Angeles are quite fascinating be it day or night. During the day, one cannot help admiring attractive and scattered skyscrapers that dominate Los Angeles. Transition between day and night is quite subtle because lights brightly shine on the streets and the entire city making night appear as day. Hence, planning of the city ensured that there was sufficient lighting all over Los Angeles and its environs.
Given that Los Angeles is an extensive city that covers a terrific deal of land such that, one cannot grasp its size by a single glance. Los Angeles is an extensive city that consists of five counties with a population of approximately 9 million, covering an area of 50 miles by 60 miles.
The extensive nature of Los Angeles city makes it difficult for a person to perceive the city from a single point of view. Besides extensiveness of the city, presence of fog, smoke, and smog affects how people perceive Los Angeles. Although it is hard to find the vantage points that give entire view of Los Angeles, few vantage points such as the U.S. Bank Tower, Mulholland Drive, and Gas Company Tower are available. Viewing the city from the vantage points indicates that, Los Angeles is essentially an amorphous and elusive city.
Reflection about planning of Los Angeles shows that it is a complex city that is extremely hard to define in terms of its center, borders and extensiveness. Even though the city has impressive architectural buildings as reflected by skyscrapers, its planning is complicated as none can define its center or borders. Therefore, Los Angeles does not have remarkable urban planning that is integral in defining the status of cities across the world.