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Ted, Other/Just Looking in Phoenix, AZ

How bad is the smog from LA?

Asked by Ted, Phoenix, AZ Mon Jul 30, 2007

Is there an area where this is not a concern?

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No phoenix is still better i lived in phoenix and los angeles beliive me la is much worse
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I would say they are about the same. Maybe Phoenix is a little worse.
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I grew up in LA (although I live in San Diego now), and all of these answers are correct. LA actually has much better air than when I lived there and the effects of smog on your body are relatively small if you follow the following: 1) Don't live inland (especially East of Downtown), 2) Try to live within 5 miles of the coast or somewhere that's got good wind circulation and is not "backed up" against the mountains (these are the worse areas), 3) Remember than falls/winters/springs have almost no air problems. It is summer (like now) when these issues can pop up. Here's some communities that would fit the bill: Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Westchester, Mar Vista, Brentwood, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Playa Del Rey, Venice, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Manhatten Beach...BUT thesee are going to be a bit more expensive than their "inland" counterparts. Hope this helps!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2007
As a former California resident, I chose to live along the coast in OC. Avoidance of smog was one of my reasons. I bought my first home in the Inland Empire and very quickly moved back to the coastal areas of Orange County. The smog took its toll on me and affected my daily activities, particularly outdoors.

Fast forward to today.......I live on the East Coast and visit LA/OC at least once a year. A visitor can sometimes notice change more so than those who live in it daily. I am less affected today by LA smog and it actually seems much better now than when I lived there. I have no reports to substatiate such. I have commented on this to friends when visiting, and they seem to agree or have not noticed.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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I don't think the smog from LA blows through the Valley quite like it did in the 80s, but we have our fair share of pollution of our own making. In the winter, we have "no burn" days due to high level of particulates in the air on a given day. Our skies are usually as blue as can be, but there can tend to be a bit of a haze looking towards central Phoenix. I have always found it most noticeable from the top of Camelback Mountain. Nothing you don't see in any large metroplex, however.
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LA smog is not as bad as it's been in past decades. The coastal communites, in my opinion, have the best air quality.
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Cindi Hagley…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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Smog from LA is very well dispersed by the time it gets past Palm Springs. In bound, from the west, our biggest "smog" problem is really dust from the desert floor on windy days (which are rare enough). If you drive from Phoenix to LA, you stop seeing "smog" about 40 miles west of Phoenix, and don't see it again until around San Bernadino.
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