Thursday, December 09, 2004

The Wrecking Ball of History

From the material culture and urban studies files I see that the LA City Council has voted for a survey of historic buildings in the city to determine which are worthy of historic designation (and, therefore, to be saved from the wrecking ball). Angelinos are notoriously famous for creating architectural/social landscapes with complete disregard for history (see works by Mike Davis and Norman Klein), but why a survey? Groups like LA Conservancy have already been compiling data for decades, and - this is a hoot - the City Council doesn't yet have the funds ($5M) but is hoping that the private sector will help out.

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