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

Los Angeles as a Developmental City-State

Los angeles as a developmental city-state
Steven P.Erie

The Chicago School's famed concentric zone theory of urban growth is, at base, a market model of development. That is, forces of supply and demand are depicted as generating a distinctive spatial patterning for the city, separating commercial from residential areas and inner-city working-class residential ...

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