City of Sets

My intention with the ongoing series, City of Sets, is to explore the actual appearance of Los Angeles, which has so often been portrayed on film and TV as places other than itself.  Of particular interest to me is the inevitable collision between the collective perception of the city by those who have never set foot in it and those who call it home.  But the thing is, Los Angeles has never looked like any of those places.  It has really only ever looked like itself.  Attempts have been made all over Los Angeles to emulate the appearance of other places, often to such an outlandish degree that they have come to epitomize Los Angeles.