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by Mike Davis

Download City of Quartz: Excavating the Future of Los Angeles (Haymarket Series) ePub
  • ISBN 0860913031
  • ISBN13 978-0860913030
  • Language English
  • Author Mike Davis
  • Publisher Verso; First edition (October 17, 1990)
  • Pages 472
  • Formats docx lrf txt rtf
  • Category History
  • Subcategory Americas
  • Size ePub 1412 kb
  • Size Fb2 1696 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 370

No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, “Los Angeles brings it all together.” To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where “you can rot without feeling it.” To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the last Joshua trees are being plowed under to make room for model communities in the desert, where the rich have hired their own police to fend off street gangs, as well as armed Beirut militias. In City of Quartz, Davis reconstructs LA’s shadow history and dissects its ethereal economy. He tells us who has the power and how they hold on to it. He gives us a city of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel Westa city in which we may glimpse our own future mirrored with terrifying clarity.

Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts .

Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Magical Urbanism. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa’aloa, Hawaii.

No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, ''Los Angeles brings it all together. To its official boosters, ''Los Angeles brings it all together

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City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles is a 1990 book by Mike Davis examining how contemporary Los Angeles has been shaped by different powerful forces in its history. The book opens with Davis visiting the ruins of the socialist community of Llano, organized in 1914 in what is now the Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles. The community moved in 1918, leaving behind the "ghost" of an alternative future for LA.

Vintage Books, 1990 - Social Science - 462 pages. A work of social criticism shows how Los Angeles's history, hidden power structure, and disparity of wealth will effect the city's future and the future of urban America in general. From inside the book.

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ChallengeMine
One need not go totalistic about this or any other book coming from a True Believer at either end of the political spectrum. Davis may =be= an over-the-top, over-identified-with-the-underdog, welfare-spraying ward healer (it gets worse in the later chapters), but that doesn't mean his observations should be ignored.

Having worked for several of the major downtown LA movers and shakers (Bank of America, Atlantic-Richfield, the Chandler-era Los Angeles Times (for Vance Stickle), Federated Department Stores, Carter-Hawley-Hale, the Los Angeles Central City Association (for former deputy mayor Steve Gavin)) as well as several of the major residential and commercial developers of the surrounding communities (American-Pacesetter (for John Klug), Pacific Mutual Life Insurance, Ernest W. Hahn, Cadillac-Fairview Ltd., the Alaska Teamsters Union Pension Fund, MCO Properties (for Charles Hurwitz), Landmark Land Company (for Ernie Vossler), Kohlberg-Kravis-Roberts via KSL Land) as a paid informer -- and dis-informer -- during the Central Business District Redevelopment campaign in 1975 and numerous municipal approval campaigns before and after, I was far enough inside to know that Davis was, as well.

Money talks, BS walks. The Big Boys knew this then, and they know it now. No one that I know of, however, has Pieced It All Together as elegantly and definitively, however rambling, tangential and (possibly) difficult to follow Davis's prose becomes at times. I respect the fact that having been there helps, but for the graduate -- or even upper-division undergrad -- student Looking for Clues, this is a gold mine... and not just about Los Angeles or even southern California. In most ways, this =is= the way things work pretty much everywhere.
Cordanius
I have lived 5 years in Los Angeles and I have to say reading this book has completely changed my perception of the city. Coming from another continent, names like Hollywood and Beverly Hills were familiar to me before arrival, but I knew nothing about Pasadena "Old Money" or South Central struggles. And even after years living here, I had some notions of the city history but I was far away from the rich and complex web of relationships unveiled by this book. Reading this book left me craving for more readings, I think I will go over the book again and read some of the books mentioned in the citations
Akinohn
Essential for anyone living in Los Angeles. This book is your history. You need to read this and you need to realize how far the city has come.
Authis
Davis does not only a great job of dealing the history of Los Angeles but also critiquing the planning behind it. City of Quartz also remains a fun read with exciting lore of celebrities. Hollywood Babylon written by an architect.
Kazigrel
Great read on LA's history, yet at times seemed to target "insiders" with deep knowledge of the local business and political elites and structures.
Tekasa
A remarkable look at the nefarious City of "Angels," its noirish history and its dirty cast of characters. With an updated preface, this book published in 1990 remains amazingly prescient.
Narim
a very dense book BUT if there is a certain topic you want to know more about then this is the book for you
Really great descriptions of the history of Los Angeles - the good, the bad and the ugly. An important book for all Los Angeles residents who want to know how we got where we are now.