The steady greening of the valley continues, with now even the Magnolias bursting into bloom.
Many buildings here use a strange, textured finish on their interior and exterior walls. Not unattractive, but slightly monotonous and almost impossible to wallpaper. Mock adobe?
Roads are multi-laned, speed limits are high (45MPH on a lot of streets, 75 on the highways), cities are sprawled out, public transit is low-priority but since you can only get anywhere by car, every store needs extensive parking. Sprawl.
Guns are endemic, with what appears to be a daily shooting somewhere in this city of 4 million. My favourite so far: police were called to break up a shoot-out between a man and his girlfriend. No one died that time.
Elaborate flower on a bush