For me, leaving LA doesn't mean losing touch with the progress of America Fast Forward. In fact, I find these regular outings give me some helpful perspective on what Angelenos are trying to achieve transit-wise.
Vaux and Olmsted created Central Park out of fantasy. This preserve is natural fantasy. There's even a tinge of danger. Unknown paths beckon into witchy woods. But mostly the flora and fauna offer calm.
Lumet was drawn to and inspired artistically by the diversity of New York City, its many ethnic neighborhoods, its art and its crime, its sophistication and its corruption, its beauty and its ugliness.