From Chicago to L.A. begins the task of defining an alternative agenda for urban studies and examines the case for shifting the focus of urban studies from Chicago to Los Angeles. The authors, experienced scholars from a variety of disciplines, examine: The concepts that have blocked our understanding of Southern California cities The imaginative structures that people have been using to understand and explain Los Angeles The utility of the "Los Angeles School" of urbanism

Urban Nature and the Nature of Urbanism

Urban nature and the nature of urbanism

It is in vain to dream of a wildness distant from ourselves. There is none such. It is the bog in our brain and bowels, the primitive vigor of Nature in us, that inspires that dream.

—Henry David Thoreau1
JenniferWolchStephaniePincetlLauraPulido

The Chicago School of urban sociology was intellectually grounded on ideas ...

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