la architecture, schmel-a architecture?

i listened to this pod cast this morning that changed my perspective about la architecture in a snap. moby, of all people, was talking about the wonderment he has experienced since moving to los angeles and it kind of inspired me.

i used to think that la was just this dirty landscape of ugly apartment buildings, uninspired strip malls and homes devoid of any character whatsoever; but the longer i'm here the more i see. i've met some really creative people who have allowed me to see la through their eyes, i've had the privilidge of working on some of the first houses that were built here and just experiencing the city on a daily basis has left me with a different impression.

i guess i didn't realize it until this morning but we do have a pretty spectacular collection of buildings. we may not have rows of brownstones or ancient cathedrals but what we do have is an amalgamation of cultures and styles and histories and characters. if america is a melting pot for the races, could los angeles be the same for architecture?