Recently, Kylee from Our Little Acre dug up an old project of Jodi DeLong’s called “Where in the World Are YOU.” I thought I would pipe in and share a little bit about the city I live in and my garden.
I live in a city called Long Beach in southern California. In Californian parlance, LB (or “The LBC”) is about 30 minutes south of Los Angeles so long as there isn’t any traffic. In many other states, Long Beach’s 500,000 residents would make it the first or second largest city in the state. But in California, it’s only the 6th largest city, and our close proximity to LA often leaves us in their shadow. Nonetheless, while Long Beach may not be as well known as it should be, it is still a great place to live.
Long Beach has all of the big city amenities people want with lots of smaller town charm. We have a major university (California State University, Long Beach), several great shopping areas (2nd St, Pine Ave, The Pike), great restaurants, many great cultural events/venues (Long Beach Blues Festival and The Carpenter Center, to name a two), two good sized museums (Long Beach Museum of Art and The Latin American Museum of Art), lots of great parks and one gigantic one (El Dorado Park), and plenty of interesting architecture (The Pyramid, Rancho Los Alamitos & Cerritos, two Greene & Greene homes, and whole neighborhoods full of Craftsman style homes…). Long Beach also has award winning public schools, close-knit neighborhoods, lots of mom-and-pop shops and residents who are passionate about their city.
Oh yeah, and we have miles of white sand beaches and one of the greatest climates in the world. Within an hour’s drive you can get to some of the best surfing spots in the world, great skiing/snowboarding, high desert spots for off-roading, and many different awesome hiking areas. There is a reason it costs an arm and a leg to live in southern California! Though Long Beach is more affordable than other beach cities nearby.
Here is a short video I made of my tiny little patio garden and some shots from a favorite spot near my apartment:
After uploading the video I realized I called the white dome behind the Queen Mary the Epcott Center. I don’t know what I was thinking! The Epcott Center is obviously in Florida. The white dome used to house the Spruce Goose, now it is a terminal for a cruise line based out of Long Beach.
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