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Inventing Autopia: Dreams and Visions of the Modern Metropolis in Jazz Age Los Angeles / Edition 1

Inventing Autopia: Dreams and Visions of the Modern Metropolis in Jazz Age Los Angeles / Edition 1

by Jeremiah B.C. Axelrod


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In 1920, as its population began to explode, Los Angeles was a largely pastoral city of bungalows and palm trees. Thirty years later, choked with smog and traffic, the city had become synonymous with urban sprawl and unplanned growth. Yet Los Angeles was anything but unplanned, as Jeremiah B.C. Axelrod reveals in this compelling, visually oriented history of the metropolis during its formative years.
In a deft mix of cultural and intellectual history that brilliantly illuminates the profound relationship between imagination and place,
Inventing Autopia
shows how the clash of irreconcilable utopian visions and dreams resulted in the invention of an unforeseen new form of urbanism—sprawling, illegible, fractured—that would reshape not only Southern California but much of the nation in the years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520252851
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,238,274
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jeremiah B.C. Axelrod is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Program in Cultural Studies at Occidental College.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction. Looking toward Autopia

Prologue. A City at Does not Move

1. “Los Angeles Is not the City It Could Have Been”
2. Paradise Misplaced
3. Imagining the Metropolis in a Modern Age
4. Modern Los Angeles
5. Metropolis at a Crossroads
6. Gardens and Cities

Epilogue. A City at Moves

Conclusion. “to Dream Dreams and See visions”



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Inventing Autopia does, it does very well."—Technology And Culture

"Axelrod unearths some fascinating material ... a substantial work."—Urban History

"A solid contribution to scholarship on planning history in the 1920s."—Journal of Planning Education & Research

"Provocative and insightful book."—Southern California Quarterly

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