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Reluctant Metropolis: Introduction L.A is an incredibly big city. The riots make L.A famous and are ingrained in its history. “Instead of trying to fix Los Angeles, we all simply decided that we live somewhere else.” Foolish location for a city. Low rainfall, natural water to sustain .5 million people. Located near to unstable hillsides, mudslides, and every foliated canyon is a fire trap. No natural harbors or ports, not near sources of raw materials. Only natural advantage is the mild climate and land. Growth machine – entrepreneurs looking to make the city grow profitably, no matter what the cost, “to consume land profitably”. Huntington – red car system. Mulholland – water system from Owens Valley. Harry Chandler – L.A. Times. “Fragmented Metropolis” – No center. The anti-city. Anti-urban attitude unlike sweatshops and hard life in Chicago or New York. L.A’s allure – hobby farms, anti-urban bias, small-town atmosphere, localized governments. Proposition 13 – cut property taxes by 2/3.
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Unformatted text preview: Taxes fueled boom, so now no money for growth. Suddenly anti-growth. Reluctant Metropolis: Chapter 4 Metropolitan Water District of Southern California: the “MET”. “For a century on of the leading missions has been to find and import water. And not just a little water, but so much water that the issue of water would become irrelevant to Southern California’s growth.” “There it is. Take it” – Mulholland speaking about his aqueduct bringing water from Owens Valley to the San Fernando Valley. Water Buffaloes. Carl Boronkay, experienced in environmental law, pushed by endangered species, environmentalists and bought Domenigoni Valley to build the Eastside Reservoir. The Met decides not to support the Seymour bill and the farmers but a change to the Central Valley Project so that they can tap into the farmers’ subsidized water. However financial obligations mean higher rates and protests. Now the Met is paying the price for growth when there no longer is any....
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