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by Ericka Lozano

Okay, Elina, I'll take the bait and defend my beloved Westwood, even if no one else will. I have to say that to bash a whole neighborhood because you got stuck in a parking garage overnight when you didn't read the signs (!!!) seems like you overreacted.

I lived in Westwood for four years, and worked at UCLA almost the whole time. I still serve on the board of the Westwood Branch Library, one of the awesome things about Westwood.

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The best thing about Westwood is, of course, UCLA. UCLA has a gorgeous campus, a Japanese garden, a sculpture garden, fantastic concerts, interesting lectures, and exciting athletic events. (No, I didn't do p.r. while I worked there, it just sounds that way.)

Living in Westwood, above Santa Monica and just west of Beverly Glen, I could walk to the Crest or the Village to see a movie in a historical building on a giant screen, not in some rinky-dink multiplex theatre.

I could walk to several good neighborhood restaurants (India's Oven, Feast from the East, Pomodoro, etc.) I could walk to my hairstylist (the talented Roya at Frega). The W Hotel bar, which you mention, was a short hike from my office on Wilshire. The Westwood Brewco was always a fun happy hour joint, and Palomino has dessert to die for.