Inventing Autopia: Dreams and Visions of the Modern Metropolis in Jazz Age Los Angeles

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Univ of California Press, Jun 2, 2009 - History - 401 pages
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In 1920, as its population began to explode, Los Angeles was a largely pastoral city of bungalows and palm trees. Thirty years later, choked with smog and traffic, the city had become synonymous with urban sprawl and unplanned growth. Yet Los Angeles was anything but unplanned, as Jeremiah B.C. Axelrod reveals in this compelling, visually oriented history of the metropolis during its formative years. In a deft mix of cultural and intellectual history that brilliantly illuminates the profound relationship between imagination and place, Inventing Autopia shows how the clash of irreconcilable utopian visions and dreams resulted in the invention of an unforeseen new form of urbanism—sprawling, illegible, fractured—that would reshape not only Southern California but much of the nation in the years to come.
 

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Contents

Business Mens Association of Los Angeles Dont Jam the Streets with traffic Los Angeles
1
Prologue A City at Does not Move
14
Paradise Misplaced
62
Imagining the Metropolis in a Modern Age
114
Modern Los Angeles
164
Metropolis at a Crossroads
210
Gardens and Cities
242
Epilogue A City at Moves
288
Conclusion to Dream Dreams and See visions
310
Notes
325
Bibliography
377
City of Dreams new york Grosset Dunlap 1935
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Index
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Jeremiah B.C. Axelrod is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Program in Cultural Studies at Occidental College.

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