Towards the end of the 1974 film "Chinatown", John Huston's character
explains to Jack Nicholson's character, Jake, his vision of the future
of Los Angeles. "Either you bring the water to L.A. -- or you bring
to the water," Huston says. Well, it turns out, both happened. Drive a
few dozen blocks on Sherman Way and you can see the result of an
unlimited supply of water to the desert, thanks to the Owens Valley
Water Project that brings water from Northern California to Los
The the San Fernando valley, originally a suburban paradise for the
modern American family, is now a concrete jungle of apartment complexes
and strip shopping centers filled with some of the best tropical eating
on the planet - Peruvian, Thai, Cuban, Indian and hundreds of Mexican
restaurants will tempt you. While often derided, the hot, smoggy Valley
- home to cops, the porn movie industry and recent immigrants - is
actually the soul of Southern California. It's like Brooklyn with 300
days of sun and swimming pool in each backyard.
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