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Transcript: Hope for Los Angeles

LEWIS MCADAMS: A lot of people have the feeling that you can't change Los Angeles, that Los Angeles is always going to be a city where people passing through on the way to their imaginary golden dream, but to me, I see it as home.

ELI BROAD: Los Angeles is a great meritocracy, you could come here from another city without the right religion, without the right family background, and if you got what it takes you are accepted here, and that is not true in a lot of other places in America or elsewhere in the world.

ANDY LIPKIS: But this city is one of the most altered ecosystems on earth, because it's been managed for over 100 years as if it was a slab of concrete, and as a result of that, because of the size population we have and the amount of resources we have to bring here, Los Angeles is probably one of the largest contributors to pollution and planetary destruction on the planet.

MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA: It's a Faustian choice to say that the economy or the environment, they're linked in the 21st century.

Presley Burroughs: I'm a Los Angelino, we are optimistic. The Pobladores came here in the 1700s, fourteen families, I believe, from Mexico. After three days, there was an earthquake. They didn't move, and I'm not moving either.

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