(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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Courageously broad in its scope, City of Quartz changes intellectual gear - from history to sociology to urban theory - often with consummate ease, and fits its diverse threads together in a sort of 'history noir' as gripping as any Chandler. Established in 1991 Pimlico has become leading paperback publisher of specialised, award-winning, high-end non-fiction. Continuing with the theme of racial tension, Davis then goes on to examine power dynamics in Los Angeles’ Catholic Church, where the Latino majority congregation’s representation and social advancement conflicts with the interests of powerful, white Catholics. 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. The myth lives on, even as Davis wanted to hold out a vision of an alternative, community-based ethic for Los Angeles – like the one he found in Fontana, the place of his birth.

City of Quartz opens with Davis’ speculation regarding Los Angeles’ potential to be a radical, left-wing city, as he sets the scene for the now defunct socialist utopia of Llano del Rio. In its angry and political way, it describes how cities arise out of an incredibly complex and difficult set of uncontrollable forces. Although the market determines Los Angeles’ immigration and urban design, the wealthy elites and middle classes who live in the more affluent parts of town have sought to remain faithful to the Boosters’ dream by campaigning to incorporate their neighborhoods and pass laws that make them inaccessible to the less affluent and nonwhite. He gives us a city of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel West - a city in which we may glimpse our own future mirrored with terrifying clarity.

He becomes especially exorcised over a South Central mini-mall, which the developer would build only after the city agreed to install an LAPD substation on the premises.

On the third day, like some Biblical revelation, the blanket of fog and smog lifted to expose the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains in the distance. Through this ever-changing power structure, the reader better understands one of the world’s most influential 20th-century cities. But one of the striking things about rereading City of Quartz decades later is that it shows how complexity and clarity of view can coexist with political commitment, which need not align every fact and argument in the same direction, as if they were iron filings organized by a magnetic field. Late in the film Gold reads aloud an older essay, his 1992 "A Neighborhood Just West of Downtown," a memoir of life in Koreatown at the time of the L. but certainly not better: We won’t play at the Crazy Horse tonight, but for fashion whores, what sight!This is essentially a history of the city of Los Angeles and its surroundings from a radical perspective. As the wealthy are isolated in their luxurious silos, the inner-city poor are increasingly ghettoized by the often racist Los Angeles Police Department. Mike Davis is the author of several books including "Planet of Slums," "City of Quartz," "Ecology of Fear," "Late Victorian Holocausts," and "Magical Urbanism.

I also love that the first chapter is the literary chapter – the inventing, debunking, mythologizing of L. The world stops turning, taking its time beholding the “artist” putting on air and the principles of transfer of myth of long ago.

And when the dolls up to get to the Vanity Fair, words like “punk”, “hardcore” don’t seem so good down there.

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