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Unformatted text preview: GEOG 100 Midterm Terms Alinsky-Style Organizing A type of organization structuring that revolved around 1. emphasizing democratic decision making and indigenous leadership 2. opening organization to all members of the community 3. improve relationship with the neighborhood 4. support the meeting people's self interests 5. use conflict (i.e. strikes, debates) as a means of achieving goals. Gottlieb describes how Alinsky-style organizing helped the United Neighborhood Organization, which was predominantly Latino, gain a victory of the Community Committee (mostly businessmen) in their demand for a living wage, better schools, and affordable housing in 1979. This was significant to Los Angeles because it showed how a diverse group of people could be united using simple principles to effect economic change outside of the electoral system. Arroyofest This was the name given to the bike ride/walk on the 110 freeway between downtown and Pasadena in the Arroyo Corridor. Arroyofest is an example of Los Angeles's complicated identity because it transformed a freeway (a symbol of commerce) into a walkway through the Arroyo Corridor (a symbol of nature). It is a classic example of Los Angeles in that it took immense organizing and coordinating to pull off. As Gottleib points out, the formation of an Arroyo policy agenda was used to effect social change and sway communities in favor of the idea. This was a significant step in terms of showing to the world that Los Angeles was able to have multiple, albeit conflicting, identities that saw freeways not just as for highspeed car travel, but also for exploring the outdoors in slow motion on a bike or on your feet. Automobile Suburbs These were residential living areas outside of Los Angeles's city center, typically in areas farther to the east in the San Gabriel Valley, farther to the north in the San Fernando Valley, and to the southwest in places like Lakewood. These suburbs were like any other, but they were dubbed so automobile suburbs because as Gottlieb describes in chapter 2 (page 69) the introduction of the automobile to Los Angeles as the major means of trafficking people to and from places forced a change in the spatial identity of the city, causing people to look for quiet places to reside outside the bustling downtown center. This was significant to Los Angeles because it established a broader Los Angeles that was more diffuse and sprawled, rather than central and community-based. Bicycle Club Extractive politics took place in the Hub Cities (Huntington Park, Bell Gardens, South Gate, etc: industrial suburbs in Southeast L.A.), in which developers and landowners made money off of the cities but the cities did not benefit much; they began to subsidize gambling, set up card clubs like the Bicycle Club in Bell Gardens in the early '80s; Claude Booker, who served as city manager, negotiated a redevelopment deal to bring the club to Bell Gardens; brought huge profits to the city, but had issues with money laundering, drug...
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This note was uploaded on 05/12/2008 for the course GEOG 100gm taught by Professor Dear during the Spring '07 term at USC.
- Spring '07