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Is LA's pollution levels as bad as its reputation?

Asked by Trulia Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA Mon Nov 5, 2012

Are some neighborhoods worse than others?

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Brian Byhower’s answer
Does Los Angeles HAVE a bad reputation? Are the pollution levels bad? I beg to differ. Where did you get your information? Where are you from? I do not like it when 'unknowns' take stabs at our city. What is the purpose of this question?
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Los Angeles has had a history of air quality issues which were at their peak In the 1940's .
Thanks to community activism, scientific advances, lower emission vehicles,government regulations and the EPA our air quality has greatly improved.
With the advent of reliable electric vehicles and our move forward for more public transportation, hopefully we will continue in this direction.
For specific information about air quality in the Los Angeles basin and Orange counties see the website for the South Coast Air Quality Management District at http://www.aqmd.gov/smog/index.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 11, 2012
It's a lot better than it was in the 70's and 80's!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 31, 2013
The good news is, the information level available about any particular location has increased significantly in the past several years.

As with any large city, there are varying degrees of environmental concerns, and some areas have significantly more concerns than others within the City. We have a known nuclear meltdown site that happened in the 50's with known levels worse than 3 mile island (many Angelenos don't know this). There are former rocket testing sites, chemical plant clean ups and industrial messes that are currently being evaluated and cleaned up under much tougher EPA standards. Overall, we're doing better - much better than in the past.

Is living in Los Angeles hazardous? It's a relative question - compared to a small rural town without a history of industrial hazards… yes. Compared to other large urban centers? Not really. And yes, some neighborhoods are much more affected than others. When shopping for real estate, and thinking about neighborhoods, please don't just gloss over the pile of disclosures. Read them…ask your agent about how you can find more information on issues that concern you. The information is out there and your agent should be helpful, open, and willing to help you explore your concerns - pros/cons, risks/benefits as opposed to minimizing or downplaying the facts. .
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 16, 2012
On some days, in some areas it can get bad. Anywhere near the beach or the mountains, it is generally pretty good.
But the overall weather is great! Sunshine and generally warm. Rains maybe 10 days a year. You can go out in shorts any time!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 5, 2012
Some areas do experience more pollution than others.
Please contact me directly for more information.
Best,
Susan Bo'ur
Realtor/Coldwell Banker
Susan@BeverlyHillsLuxuryFlats.com
(310) 600-4240
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