The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles

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JHU Press, Aug 9, 2001 - Architecture - 407 pages
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In twelve engaging essays, William Fulton chronicles the history of urban planning in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, tracing the legacy of short-sighted political and financial gains that has resulted in a vast urban region on the brink of disaster. Looking at such diverse topics as shady real estate speculations, the construction of the Los Angeles subway, the battle over the future of South Central L.A. after the 1992 riots, and the emergence of Las Vegas as "the new Los Angeles," Fulton offers a fresh perspective on the city's epic sprawl. The only way to reverse the historical trends that have made Los Angeles increasingly unliveable, Fulton concludes, is to confront the prevailing "cocoon citizenship," the mind-set that prevents the city's inhabitants and leaders from recognizing Los Angeles's patchwork of communities as a single metropolis.

  

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Review: The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles

User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

A bit outdated, but still an excellent history of modern Los Angeles. Lots of juicy political details! Read full review

Review: The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles

User Review  - Gordon Howard - Goodreads

The best book I've read about urban planning in Los Angeles. Bears some similarities to Mike Davis, but without Davis' nihilistic tendencies. Read full review

Contents

List ofMaps
1
PART1 POWER
21
STRUCTURE 99
93
LAND
175
MONEY
225
Welcome to Sales Tax Canyon
255
CONSEQUENCES
283
Afterword 2001
349
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

William Fulton is an urban planning expert and the editor and publisher of California Planning & Development Report and author of The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl (with Peter Calthorpe), Guide to California Planning, and California: Land and Legacy.