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LAtitudes review ê 109 Ì [Reading] ➹ LAtitudes By Patricia Wakida – This literary and cartographic exploration of Los Angeles reorients our understanding of the city in highly imaginative ways Illuminated by boldly conceived and artfully rendered maps and infographics This literary and cartographic exploration of Los AngelesMaligned is reexamined with a sense of pride the city’s freeways for example take the shape of a dove when viewed from midair and pulsate with wailing blues surf rock and brassy bandaInspired by other texts that combine literature and landscape including Rebecca Solnit’s Infinite City this book’s juxtapositions make surprising connections and stir up undercurrents of truth To all those who inhabit love or seek to understand Los Angeles LAtitudes gives meaning and reward. This is a really uniue and beautiful book with fascinating maps and awesome personal and historical stories It's a great way to experience LA through unexpected maps and the eyes of others

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This literary and cartographic exploration of Los Angeles reorients our understanding of the city in highly imaginative ways Illuminated by boldly conceived and artfully rendered maps and infographics nineteen essays by LA’s most exciting writers reveal complex histories and perspectives of a place notorious for superficiality This chorus of voices explores wildly different subjects Cindi Alvitre unveils the indigenous Tongva presence of the Los Angeles Basin Michael Jaime. I'm a fan of that much maligned city Los Angeles When I first went there in 1979 it was probably the case that there was no 'there' there as the saying goes Certainly there was no real reason to go Downtown unless you worked in law or for a bank or in government And then you got the hell back out to the suburbs after 5pm Not true any LA's vibrancy has returned or been reinvented And fortunately its history has been continues to be uncovered and rediscovered This book is a fascinating look at LA Downtown and its suburbs placing it in historical context As a reviewer on saysI feel like I have waited for this book my whole life For anyone who grew up in LA or lived in LA or for whatever reason loves LA this book is a heartfelt valentine to America's most fascinating metropolis It delves into architecture history geography agriculture the environment and the tangled racial relations of the indigenous Native Americans the Californios the Anglo settlers and the Xicans each of which left lasting if not always evident imprints on the city and who continue to mold it todayBut LAtitudes is not all serious there are whimsical chapters on the history of LA radio sure to inspire sweet nostalgia; there is a detailed map of non chain Mexican restaurants; and there is even a uick rundown of the urban flora uniue to the cityLAtitudes has something to interest everyone and certainly anyone who has the pleasure of reading this delightful book will experience a number of ah ha moments and a deeper appreciation of the LA we have lived and lovedI think my favourite chapter is the search for evidence of a 1930s scheme to build a private tolled bicycle way linking Downtown to Pasadena It encapsulates the entrepreneurial boosterism which has accompanied this city and led to the best and the worst it has to offer

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LAtitudesBecerra takes us into the smoky spicy kitchens of a family tauero business in El Monte Steve Graves traces the cowboy and spacemen themed landscapes of the San Fernando Valley Overlooked sites and phenomena become apparent LGBT churches and synagogues a fabled “Cycleway” mustachioed golden carp urban forests lost buildings ugly buildings What has been ignored such as environmental and social injustice is addressed with powerful anger and elegiac sadness and what has been. Here are the uestions we discussed at the Reading the Western Landscape Book Club at the Arboretum Library of the Los Angeles County Arboretum Botanic Garden on May 18 2016view spoiler• What was your favorite essay and why• “Naming Los Angeles” Were you surprised by this article Why Why not What did you think of the 2nd person writing approach• “Gridding the City” What was your favorite fact here Why• “Ugly Buildings” Did you believe the author Why Why not• “Freeway Jam” How does the author’s work fit into your view of the LA Freeways• “Coyote Tours” Are you hopeful about a deepening of understanding of the Native American roots in Los Angeles Why Why not• “The Bovid Metropolis” What did you learn about longhorns• “Landscapes of Racial Violence” Was her approach to the issue effective for you as a reader Why Why not• “The Fortifications and Catacombs of the Conuests of Los Angeles” What history did this tell you and why Did the map match• “Emperors of Dust” What happened to Elizabeth Friederich• “Cycleway” Is the author as optimistic as Dennis Crowley and Horace Dobbins• “Woody and Buzz” Do you believe him or was this essay over influenced by internet word searching Why Why not• “Pioneers on the Frontier of Faith” Is the author’s story larger than the LGBT community• “How Xicans Are the Makeweight of Los Angeles’s Past Present and Future” What is the best thing you learned about the Xicana community in Los Angeles in this essay• “Orphans dwarfs strangers and monsters” What level of credibility did you give this author Did it affect your reading of the rest of the book Why Why not• “Stalking Carp” Would you eat the carp in the LA River given the information in this article Why Why not• “Under the Radar and Off the Charts” Did this article change your thinking Why Why not• “The View from the Air” Does this essay fit with the others Why Why not• “Los Angeles is Singing” Do you agree with the author’s premise Why Why not• “Speakeasy Tacos” Does this story differ from the others Why Why not hide spoiler