ARGUS readers have joined a citywide debate after a YouTuber compared Brighton to Los Angeles.
The YouTuber, who has 28.6 million subscribers, said: “When I went there I realized it’s like a mini LA. It has the same type of structure but smaller.”
One reader, Silvia Viramontes, who said she is originally from LA and has lived in Brighton for nearly a decade, said she can see the comparison.
She said, “In a way it’s similar to the more esoteric areas like Venice or Melrose and there’s a similar appreciation for nature.”
Philip Danvers said that while there are no similarities to LA, “there are definitely many parallels to Santa Monica, no doubt about it.”
Brighton and Hove recently partnered with the California city as part of a cultural exchange.
However, not all readers were so convinced.
“I don’t think LA is pumping raw sewage out to sea,” said Cinamon Johnson, referring to the recent runoff from the Sussex coast.
“There are no similarities between Brighton and LA other than that they’re both on the coast,” said reader Heather Pullen.
“To be fair, they were both referred to as ‘Skid Row,'” commented another reader.
A Tale of Two Cities – Brighton and Los Angeles compared
Los Angeles, California’s largest city, has around 3.9 million inhabitants and is known for its Hollywood film industry.
Among the many sights and attractions are the Hollywood sign, Venice Beach and its many palm-lined boulevards. The city will also welcome the world to the 2028 Summer Olympics, having already hosted them in 1932 and 1984.
Once dubbed the ‘happiest place to live in Britain’, Brighton now has a population of nearly 300,000 and is unofficially known as the UK’s gay capital due to its large LGBTQ+ community.
Landmarks include the Brighton Palace Pier, the i360, the Royal Pavilion – once the seaside retreat of King George IV and the remains of the West Pier – which was destroyed by arson in 2003.
Brighton recently hosted games for the European Women’s Championship but fell through in their bid to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
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