The 10 Worst Things About L.A.

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Los Angeles, we need to talk. We love you, really. You've got great energy. Your weather is pretty unbeatable. And, your year-round abundance of fresh produce is the envy of all of our friends on the East Coast. But, we've got a few critiques — hey, no one is perfect, right? Let's call it constructive criticism.
We could do without the onslaught of smog. We'd be better off without your street sweeping. And, is it too much to ask to enjoy a Corona on the beach? We don't think it is. So, we've laid out the top 10 places you've still got room for improvement. Are you taking notes? We'd really like to see this remedied, ASAP.
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No Beach Boozing
Sure, no one wants an obnoxious, drunken frat bro ruining their beach day, but for those of us who can be responsible with our beverages, this law pretty much stinks. Yes, we'll clean up the bottles when we're done. No, we won't start a brawl in front of your kid's birthday party. We just want a nice, cool cocktail to Instagram drink by the surf.
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Smog
There's nothing quite like being at the top of the Ace Hotel downtown, Runyon Canyon, or the Getty, and realizing that the cloud blocking your view of the whole city is actually a floating mass of pollution.
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Hovering Helicopters
Why is it that the one night you're home alone, a helicopter decides to chill right above your apartment? And, just in case you're not freaked out enough already, it'll shine its searchlight right in your windows. Is a mass murderer on the loose? Is Godzilla real? Cue a sleepless night and (hopefully) unnecessary panic.
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Rainy Day Drivers
Considering how tame our weather is compared to other parts of the country, maybe this shouldn't be an issue. But, on the rare occasion that we get a bit of rain, all hell breaks loose on the freeways. Everyone forgets how to drive causing backups and pile-ups galore, and double the commute time — and that's just if it's sprinkling out.
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Earthquakes
They happen. They're terrifying. And, on a totally superficial note, it really sucks that we can never have a chic gallery wall behind our bed.
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Traffic Talk
There's no doubt about it: L.A. traffic is infamous. And, it's a very, very real thing — at all hours of the day. But, the only thing worse than sitting in traffic is how often people talk about it. Let's find something a little more creative to bond over than whether you'd rather be stuck on the 405 or the 110, shall we?
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Paparazzi
Okay, fine, we know we're contributing to the problem every time we flip through Us Weekly. But, regardless, the paparazzi situation is out of control — and, it doesn't only affect the Lindsay Lohans and Justin Biebers of the world. Let's put it this way: If you see a stampede heading your way, we highly suggest getting out of the line of fire if you don't want to get trampled.
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Street Sweeping Tickets
Honestly, is street sweeping really necessary? We vote no. All it means is that you have to move your car at odd hours of the day and fight for a new space or pay a pretty penny for citations.
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Ø Mass Transit
You have to wonder why we're so far behind places like New York and London when it comes to mass transit. Sure, it's up to us to ditch our cars, but we'd need much more extensive, safe, and reliable options than what's currently available to even consider it.
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No Cash On The 73
Earlier this summer, the 73 and other toll roads just south of L.A. went cash-free. If you don't have an account set up, this means you have to pay the toll online within 48 hours or get hit with a $50 violation. Beyond being an inconvenience for drivers, this feels like a clever way for the Transportation Corridor Agencies to earn a quick buck — and lay off some 80 full- and part-time toll booth attendants.
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