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City of Quartz by Mike Davis
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May 17, 10

Read on March 28, 2010

I'm not interested in LA itself really. Reading this more for the idea of place generally. I like the "Fortress L.A." chapter, which talks about how the architecture and design of LA works to keep some groups (e.g. the poor, homeless, people of color) out and welcome others in.

Also found some interesting connections to Hawai'i. I liked the chapter "Sunshine Or Noir" for this, thinking about how people perceive a place, how it is characterized (e.g. in the movies), and the effect of this. Davis talks about how L.A. is seen as devoid of culture, for example. I think there are some similarities (although differences as well) with perceptions of Hawai'i.

The chapter "Homegrown Revolution" also led me to think about similarities to Hawai'i as it talked about the demand for land in L.A.

Chapters on gangs "The Hammer and the Rock" and the Catholic church ("New Confessions") were interesting and horrifying as well.

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