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The City: Los Angeles and Urban Theory at the End of the Twentieth Century

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Los Angeles has grown from a scattered collection of towns and villages to one of the largest megacities in the world. In the process, it has inspired controversy among critics and scholars, as well as among its residents. Seeking original perspectives rather than consensus, the editors of The City have assembled a variety of essays examining the built environment and huma ...more
Paperback, 483 pages
Published April 9th 1998 by University of California Press (first published December 30th 1996)
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Daniel Hadley
Aug 09, 2007 Daniel Hadley rated it liked it
How did Eden loose it's garden, you ask; read Mike Davis and mourn the loss of LA's landscape. I like the muckraking of Davis much more than the postmodern theorizing of Dear, but the "LA School," even more so than the Chicago School, relies on the diversity of its members. The whole is better than the sum of its parts.
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Feb 07, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it
Although I don't like living in big cities I am fascinated with them. The City: Los Angeles and Urban Theory at the End of the Twentieth Century is a collection of essays on the history and culture of Los Angeles.

The City is one of the most serious books I've read in ages. It was nice to exercise the old brain cells again. Topics covered include a brief history of the city, it's architecture, urbanism, transportation policy, loss of agriculture, metropolitan space, urban art, industrial develop
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