Los Angeles isn’t planned; it just happens. Right?
Not so fast! Despite the city’s reputation for spontaneous evolution, a deliberate planning process shapes the way Los Angeles looks and lives. Editor David C. Sloane, a planning professor at the University of Southern California, has enlisted 30 essayists for a lively, richly illustrated view of this vibrant metropolis.
Planning Los Angeles launches a new series from APA Planners Press. Each year Planners Press will bring out a new study on a major American city. Natives, newcomers, and out-of-towners will get insiders’ views of today’s hot-button issues and a sneak peek at the city to come.
1. Introduction: Multi-plicities/Multiple-cities Part 1. Challenging the Myth of an Unplanned Los Angeles 2. The Concept for the Los Angeles General Plan: 1970 3. 1994 Northridge and the San Fernando Valley 4. 2000 Charter Reform and Neighborhood Councils 5. Everyday Los Angeles 6. Urban Planning Magnet School; Ban on Supergraphics Part 2. Metropolis of Dispersed Diversity 7. The Ambiguous Legacies of the 1992 Riots 8. Minority-Majority Suburbs and Change in the San Gabriel Valley 9. LA Stories: Who We Are and Where We Live 10. James Rojas: Interactive Planning; LA Urban Rangers Part 3. One-Hundred Years of Land Use Regulation 11. Almost New Urbanism: The Vision, Realization & Legacy of Playa Vista 12. Glendale Downtown Specific Plan, 2006 13. Planning as a Tool for Battling the Fast Food Invasion 14. FOLAR; Public Matters: Market Make-Over Part 4. Back to the Future in Transportation Planning 15. Federated Regionalism 16. Measure R: Ballot Box Planning for Transit 17. CicLAvia: Translating Ephemeral Intervention into Systemic Change 18. Orange Line Express; Port Plan for Lower Emissions Part 5. Green Spaces in the Auto Metropolis 19. The Afterlife of a Master Plan 20. 2007 Urban Design Studio 21. 1995 SOAR Ventura 22. Unpaving Paradise: The Green Visions Plan for Southern California 23. Spiraling Orchard; Grand Civic Park Part 6. Economic Development 24. Los Angeles’s Adaptive Reuse Ordinance Injects New Life in Downtown 25. 1993 CItyWalk, Invented Streets, Changing Shopping Trends 26. Community Benefits, Negotiations, and (In)Justice 27. From Barbie to Banksy: The Cultural Economy in Los Angeles 28. 2009 21st Century Budget Crises: Public Finance 29. KAOS Art Space; Fallen Fruit