18 LA as Shock City - L.A. as Shock City What is a Shock...

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3/14/11 L.A. as Shock City What is a Shock City ? Intensely new; shock of the future Manchester, England, 1840s: Industry, poverty Chicago, 1890s: Scale, Skyscrapers L.A., late 1900s: Sprawling metropolis
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3/14/11 What shocks about L.A.? Traffic 1997 – LA residents average 82 hours/year in traffic jams Air Pollution – Ozone 1991-1995 – LA averaged 150 days of unhealthful air
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3/14/11 Mike Davis, Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster (1998) L.A. as the quintessential unsustainable city Consumption, lifestyle, land use, growth "[California], often to its own surprise, has developed a style of urbanization that not only amplifies natural hazards but reactivates dormant hazards and creates hazards where none existed." - Wesley Marx, 1977 Los Angels as “Apocalypse Theme Park”
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3/14/11 "Natural disasters" – the events are natural; the disasters are not L.A. in 1990s: combination of natural and social disasters 1992: Rodney King Riot 1993: Firestorm 1994: Earthquake
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This note was uploaded on 03/13/2011 for the course HIST 616 taught by Professor Davidstradling during the Winter '11 term at University of Cincinnati.

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