I remember moving here 3 years ago, after i fell in love with long beach as a kid. I used to always come with my sister to her favorite salon on 4th street. I always told myself that one day I would move to Long beach. When I got my first real paycheck from a great job, the first thing I did was browse for an apartment here in one of the most diverse cities in Southern California. I love the being near the beach, I love the historical university close by, and love the culture that most other cities lack. It's in between LA and the OC, a perfect destination to live in regarding your options to spend a weekend in either counties.
Living here now for 3 years and I'm currently trying to market the long beach culture to the world. I just picked up photography lessons from a very renowned semi-retired photographer in his early years, Carlos De Avila. He lives on 4th street and still has his shop up and running. Despite being a fine-art photographer, Carlos hates most junk out their in the media. But, as stubborn and tough as he is, and through many heated arguments we go through, he finally gave me the respect I deserve. He likes my marketing work. Eventually i will get into Fine-art like himself.
You can read about Carlos De Avila who has his work displayed at the art district (Linden Ave) gallery.