Postwar developments like Irvine or Tysons Corner may be ambitious, but will they ever develop proper urban civilization? Three decades ago, one reporter tried to find out
An extremely online city planner makes the case against an institution wrongly assumed to be necessary
Does Mike Davis' grim but celebrated assessment of power, violence, and globalization in Los Angeles hold up three decades later?
The temptations of a sinking, brown-aired, mismanaged, inescapably stimulating metropolis
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Why doesn't North America have a London or Paris? An architect-critic explains
The late Slouching Towards Bethlehem author reports from less a "wicked pastel boomtown" than a bitter and paranoid tropical fever dream
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My latest piece for the Los Angeles Review of Books is on Tokyo Junkie: 60 Years of Bright Lights and Back Alleys… and Baseball, a memoir by American…
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London is a world city. Los Angeles, where I used to live, is less a world city than, as I once saw a banner at the airport call it, a "city that's a…
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