Inventing Autopia: Dreams and Visions of the Modern Metropolis in Jazz Age Los Angeles / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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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 urbanismsprawling, illegible, fracturedthat would reshape not only Southern California but much of the nation in the years to come.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|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 Acknowledgments
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” Notes Bibliography
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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