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How to L.A. is our ongoing series of practical guides for day-to-day living in Los Angeles.
This project was informed by collective experience — ours and yours — and it's the culmination of years of trial and error, whispered tips, lightbulb moments, maddening research, doing things the wrong and hard way, and getting lost in the crush. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived in L.A. — you’re always figuring things out. We hope this spares you some of the learning curve.
Share Your L.A. Pro Tips
Have a nugget of wisdom you’ve learned from living in L.A.? Help a fellow Angeleno out! Here are a few we’ve received so far.
If you’re flying, fly out of Burbank. But if you must go to LAX, try to fly out of Terminal 6 or 7 as often as possible.
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Get an L.A. Public Library card — it’s a gold mine of perks, like being able to read The New York Times for free.
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If you see valet services blocking off public streets for parking, there’s an LAPD hotline you can call to report it: (323) 929-2568
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Don’t park under a palm tree in windy weather.
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Yellow curbs! Free parking all day Sundays and weekdays 6 p.m. - 7 a.m. in L.A. city.
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Cutting across Hollywood? Screw Fountain, take Willoughby (hop on at Gower, off at La Cienega).
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If you're going downtown for a big march/protest/crowded event, take the Metro from North Hollywood (or any end-of-line stop).
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We’ll aggregate and publish the best tips we get. Fill out the form below to submit yours: