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In the field of urban studies, Los Angeles is a key reference case for the analysis of contemporary urban restructuring. The followers of the Los Angeles School of Urban Studies ascribe to Los Angeles a paradigmatic status among postmodern urban regions. Los Angeles exemplifies a new model of urbanism, which, in contrast to the teachings of the Chicago School of Urbanism of the 1920s, is no longer organized around a central urban core or a central business district (CBD). Instead, its polycentric settlement pattern is best characterized as “dense sprawl.” Less than 1 of 10 jobs and even fewer of the housing units in the region are located downtown. But even without an equivalent to midtown or downtown Manhattan, at 6,000 inhabitants per square mile, ...

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