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No Place Like LA: Hate traffic? It makes Polly feel at home




KPCC listener Polly Morris on a hike along the SoCal shoreline.
KPCC listener Polly Morris on a hike along the SoCal shoreline.
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NO PLACE LIKE LA IS OUR NEW SERIES THAT ASKS TRANSPLANTS AND IMMIGRANTS TO LA, "WHEN WAS THE MOMENT YOU FELT THAT LOS ANGELES WAS TRULY HOME?"

This is the story of Polly Morris from Santa Monica.

I moved here from Scottsdale, Arizona. 

I lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, for 40 years – big, huge, lovely, clean, empty roads; lovely, beautiful houses; and the people are very easy-going.

But I never felt like I fit in.

I realized that the people that moved to Arizona and love it are - and I'm not joking - really dull, boring people.

When I moved to Santa Monica, I suddenly felt at home.

The politics suited me. The crowded streets suited me, too. You don't see people walking in Arizona, mainly because half of the year if you walk out there, you just melt on the sidewalk.

Then we went to Coronado for the weekend. Coming back, my husband and I on the 405, we hit what would be a nightmare for most people – the worst, terrible bumper-to-bumper traffic. It was noisy, cars were honking. 

And I realized that none of that bothered me. I was so happy and excited to be in that L.A. traffic.

For the first time, I was happy to return home. 

Guess I'm a real Angeleno now!

Tell us your own story, too. If you're a transplant or immigrant, what was the moment where you thought to yourself, "L.A. feels like home, now?"