The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles by William FultonThe Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles by William Fulton

The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles

byWilliam Fulton

Paperback | August 9, 2001

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In twelve engaging essays, William Fulton chronicles the history of urban planning in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, tracing the legacy of short-sighted political and financial gains that has resulted in a vast urban region on the brink of disaster. Looking at such diverse topics as shady real estate speculations, the construction of the Los Angeles subway, the battle over the future of South Central L.A. after the 1992 riots, and the emergence of Las Vegas as "the new Los Angeles," Fulton offers a fresh perspective on the city's epic sprawl. The only way to reverse the historical trends that have made Los Angeles increasingly unliveable, Fulton concludes, is to confront the prevailing "cocoon citizenship," the mind-set that prevents the city's inhabitants and leaders from recognizing Los Angeles's patchwork of communities as a single metropolis.

William Fulton is an urban planning expert and the editor and publisher of California Planning & Development Report and author of The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl (with Peter Calthorpe), Guide to California Planning, and California: Land and Legacy.
Title:The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los AngelesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.85 inPublished:August 9, 2001Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801865069

ISBN - 13:9780801865060

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Paperback Edition

Introduction: The Collapse of the Growth MachinePart 1: Power

Chapter 1: The Beachhead

Chapter 2: Perestroika Co-opted

Chapter 3: Suburbs of ExtractionPart 2: Structure

Chapter 4: Chinatown Redefined

Chapter 5: The Money Train

Chapter 6: The Reluctant MetropolisPart 3: Land

Chapter 7: The Education of Maria VanderKolk

Chapter 8: The Politics of ExtinctionPart 4: Money

Chapter 9: The Taking of Parcel K

Chapter 10: Welcome to Sales Tax CanyonPart 5: Consequences

Chapter 11: Whose Riot Was This, Anyway?

Chapter 12: Cloning Los Angeles

Chapter 13: Cocoon Citizenship and the Toon Town UrbanismAcknowledgments




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Editorial Reviews

One of the most entertaining and thought-provoking books I have read in a long time about urban growth and change... Important reading for anyone interested in contemporary urban development. [Fulton tells a story that may sound uniquely Los Angeles, but really applies to every growing city in America.