A writer specializing in Los Angeles history, Nathan Masters serves as manager of academic events and programming communications for the USC Libraries.
Historical photos reveal the humble origins of famous L.A. roadways like Sunset Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway.
Gorgeous and detailed map of Los Angeles in 1909 by the “Birdseye View Publishing Company”.
Drawing on data from the 2010 U.S. Census, the map shows one dot per person, color-coded by race. That’s 308,745,538 dots in all.
The debate is ongoing: Where does the Westside end and the Eastside begin? It all depends on the lens and vantage point from which you stand—socioeconomically, racially, experientially. This article points to some of the historical underpinnings that have shifted the effervescent line that defines East from West.
Standing behind the lenses of this blogger, West and East is best defined by La Cienega where the orderly self-contained cities of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood give way to the nebulous and generic “City of Los Angeles”.
And no. The line has never and will never be the 405.
This month Reading L.A. arrives at a major milestone: “Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies,” written by the British architectural historian and critic Reyner Banham and published in 1971. As it turns 40 this year, the book remains —…
Southern California’s ‘vast drama of maladjustment’
“There can be no doubt that Los Angeles has paid a high price for its rapid growth…continual inflows of new residents, with little connection to the landscape or culture of the place, have ‘made Los Angeles a vast drama of maladjustment: social, familial, civic, and personal’”
“One does not need to share all the illusions of the boosters to believe, as I believe, that that most fantastic city in the world will one day exist in this region: a city embracing the entire region from the mountains to the sea.”