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8 amazing facts about Los Angeles that you probably didn’t know

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Its no secret that Los Angeles as a city has a lot of history. Thankfully, it is also working very hard on creating a bright future for itself.

In this list you will find eight things about Los Angeles that you probably didn't know, and they consists of facts from the past, the present, and even the future.

8. LA Is The Safest Big City In America
8. LA Is The Safest Big City In America Alan Cleaver

8. LA Is The Safest Big City In America

According to a report from the NYDailyNews, overall crime in Los Angeles has dropped for the 10th consecutive year, making it the safest of any major city in America with a population over 2 million.

In the past, such gangs as the Crips, Bloods and MS 13's have given Los Angeles a bad reputation, but clearly a lot of positive change has happened in the last decade. 

7. LA Had A Very Long Original Name
7. LA Had A Very Long Original Name Wikipedia

7. LA Had A Very Long Original Name

When Los Angeles was first founded in 1781, the 44 people that resided here decided to name it ""El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula" which translates to “The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on of the River Porciúncula"

Eventually as the population of the town grew, the name was simplified and become know as the "Los Angeles" we know today.

6. The “HOLLYWOOD” Sign was Originally “HOLLYWOODLAND”
6. The “HOLLYWOOD” Sign was Originally “HOLLYWOODLAND” Unknown Source

6. The “HOLLYWOOD” Sign was Originally “HOLLYWOODLAND”

From 1923 to 1949, the now famous Hollywood sign originally said “Hollywood Land” instead.

The original sign was as real estate marketing campaign for a new housing development in the area. 

5. A Single Man Built The Watts Towers
5. A Single Man Built The Watts Towers Wikipedia

5. A Single Man Built The Watts Towers

Incredible to believe given the way things are constructed now days, the Watts Towers located in East Los Angeles, were impressively built by a single man.

In a span of 33 years, Italian construction worker Sabato Rodia built the towers on his spare time from work.

Rodia began the project in 1921 and finished it in 1954.

4. LAX Is The Sixth Largest Airport In The World
4. LAX Is The Sixth Largest Airport In The World Wikipedia

4. LAX Is The Sixth Largest Airport In The World

Los Angeles International Airport ranks as the 6th largest airport in the world, seeing close to 64 million passengers each year.

The only airports with higher numbers are Chicago O'Hare International, Tokyo International, London Heathrow, Beijin Capital International, and Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International which is the largest airport in the world. 

3. LA Is Moving To San Francisco
3. LA Is Moving To San Francisco Wikipedia

3. LA Is Moving To San Francisco

That’s right! Due to the San Andreas Fault slowly slipping, Los Angeles is moving towards the direction of San Francisco at a rate of about 0.25 inches per year. 

This mean that in about 15 million years, Los Angeles will be located near San Francisco’s current location.

2. LA Ranks No. 1 In Energy-Efficient Buildings
2. LA Ranks No. 1 In Energy-Efficient Buildings Google

2. LA Ranks No. 1 In Energy-Efficient Buildings

Although most people would associate Los Angeles with pollution, LA has been putting a lot of work and effort into creating a better and greener future for its residents.

As a direct effect of this effort, Los Angeles has become the city with the most Energy Efficient Buildings in all of America, making it one of the most sustainable cities of the future.

Behind Los Angeles are cities such as San Francisco, Washington and Houston.

1. LA Was The Birthplace Of The Internet
1. LA Was The Birthplace Of The Internet UCLA

1. LA Was The Birthplace Of The Internet

In 1969, the first ARPANET signal was sent from professor Leonard Kleinrock's laboratory at the Univesity of California, Los Angeles.

The rest is nothing but incredible history. 

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