(NEW EDITION) City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

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(NEW EDITION) City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

(NEW EDITION) City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

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A wildly original analysis of the city on the threshold of the new millennium, the book synthesized knowledge about Los Angeles's history, politics, culture, architecture, policing, immigration, and more, painting a dark picture that embodied a kind of American urban dystopia on steroids after the nightmare of Reaganism and the "developers’ millennium. With not a skerrick of the plain seemingly “undeveloped”, and its unrelenting grid of houses, highways and streets, I judged the city the most geometrical behemoth I had ever encountered.

Davis makes no secret of his political leanings: in the new revised introduction he spells them out in the first paragraph. Precarious renters and anti-eviction activists have organized mightily in response to soaring rents and gentrification, but they have struggled to win important protections, such as statewide rent control, due to the flushly funded opposition of developers, landlords, realtors, and investors.yet the City of Angels with its storied dream factories is still a sufficient magnet for folks to stream to from across the globe despite all these attendant risks. While deadly serious about the subject matter at hand — that of the morally bankrupt elements of Los Angeles's political and cultural power structures and the harms their decisions propagate — his prose is often cheeky and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny. While professing to be the cause of 'responsible planning', they have in fact sponsored a sweeping legal offensive — the second prong of their strategy — to reaffirm the untrammeled rights of private development against any communitarian regulation.

An urban water crisis looms as the Hoover Dam’s levels sink during an unprecedented drought, and wildfires routinely threaten housing on the margins of an ever-expanding metropolitan area.At the end of the day, I enjoyed this book very much (despite the fact that it took me months to read). As large-scale developers rushed to maximize their profits through the development of an "arts acropolis" in the monied downtown and western neighborhoods, Davis explains, actual working-class inner-city artists, especially Black and Chicano ones, faced a torrent of budget cuts and languished in a "desperate state, fighting over scraps, without career opportunities, funds, or housing. but certainly not better: We won’t play at the Crazy Horse tonight, but for fashion whores, what sight!

CITY OF QUARTZ We may only have time to - Count the square yards offered to us and those we'll never thread upon - Dream of spaces our brain can no longer imagine - Talk about happiness in the past tense, with colors that we no longer can see - Count the one not left anymore to live. Meanwhile, the city’s homelessness problems grow and continue to be worse than in many other major US cities.

Shining under local headquarters neons, the emblems of a city of belts boarding the battlefields of ambitions come to grip with each other. Mike Davis is the author of several books including City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, Planet of Slums, and Magical Urbanism. Mike Davis, a born and bred Angelino, turns his critical eye on the socio-political history of LA, helping to navigate visitors like myself around the baffling contradictions of a city sold to us all in various forms. Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith (Oxford: Blackwell, 1974), 26-27, 287.

Or it controlled the poor – through measures such as security cameras, reducing the number of public toilets, and installing uncomfortable seating at public transport shelters. A city of loss as much as of dreams, Los Angeles was (I thought) best viewed from the windows of a departing 747.The book’s judgements are sharp: on the failings of government, the venality of capitalists, the racism of privileged homeowners in high-end or gated communities, the neglect of the poor, and the failure of working people to organise effectively. the Lakewood Plan and the Bradley-Burns Act gave suburban homeowners a subsidized ‘exit option’ as well as a powerful new motive for organizing around the ‘protection’ of their home values and lifestyles. Whilst I was there I picked up a copy of City of Quartz, which had just come out, and read it all in one session.



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