The third world with better shopping
When I first moved to Los Angeles 15 years ago after spending a decade living in Zimbabwe (and after growing up in Canada), the first thing I noticed was that certain low-income, high-density areas reminded me a lot of the developing world (townships) - except in LA one could actually buy things in the shops (unlike in Zimbabwe where you needed black market connections to get products like rice or tinned tuna). At that time, lots of things in LA reminded me of southern Africa. The vegetation in LA was similar, there were high security walls around mansions, there was cumbersome bureaucracy at places like the DMV and immigration services, there was corruption/nepotism, and there was the same divide between the rich and the poor. I used to joke that LA was the third world with better shopping.