The most authentic places on earth

Will was part of a panel that chose the “50 most authentic places on earth”. Here are two of his choices:
Los Angeles, USA:
“What can be more mondial and timely than this high-rise outgrowth of the great sprawl: the historic core of LA, the beginning of the Miracle Mile of Wilshire Boulevard, and the location of Echo Park, where Chinatown was filmed? Downtown LA is the bulwark between the Hispanic city of East LA and the Anglo city to the west. Anyone going to LA for empty-headed perma-tan Valley Girls need, emphatically, look elsewhere.”