After the city, this (is how we live) (RAM Publications)
The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory (Verso)
After The City, This (is how we live) gives an important insider view into the real world of real estate development in Southern California. Using the structure of a screenplay to tell the story, architect Tom Marble takes the reader inside the minds of the people on both sides of the development conflict--those seeing land as a commodity for profit, and those who see it as a valued resource for all to enjoy. Having spent time negotiating on both sides of the conference table, Marble goes beyond the usual debates over New Urbanism vs. Sprawl vs. Whatever-The-Next-Thing-Is to share his unique perspective, shedding light on the goals and motivations of all parties embroiled in defining how we live in a post-urban, consumer-driven economy.
Klein's A History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory has long been an important staple to our Los Angeles section. And now in its 2nd edition, it adds much new material. Critic and historian of mass culture Klein uses a provocative mixture of fact and fiction to take us on an "anti-tour" of downtown LA, examine life for Vietnamese immigrants in the City of Dreams, imagine Walter Benjamin as a Los Angeleno, and finally look at the way information technology has recreated the city, turning cyberspace into the last suburb. In this new edition, Klein explores the evolution of the Latino majority, how the Pacific economy is changing the structure of urban life, the impact of collapsing infrastructure in the city, and the restructuring of those very districts that had been "forgotten."