The City of Los Angeles and Bel Air
LA is a city of contrasts: glamour and luxury in Bel Air and Beverly Hills versus the gang-ridden violence of South Los Angeles. Sunshine and noir; sparkling utopias and dark corners. Mexicans, Koreans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans are crowded into a downtown area that has failed to become the city's centre, while the density of wealth is portioned neatly into Bel Air, where expensive houses sit on relatively small parcels of land, acquired at great expense. The contrasting lines of the bankrupt City of Angels and the proportion of wealth in rose-pruned Bel Air is palpable and telling.