The Los Angeles region is the quintessential urban region.

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Despite earthquakes, wildfires, traffic jams, smog alerts, overloaded sewerage systems, failing water and electricity supply, violent gang wars and riots … people from all over the world still flock to LA. While hundreds of homeless people live in cardboard homes on the sidewalks of Skid Row, others pay hundreds of dollars for a new shirt from one of the exclusive fashion shops along Rodeo Drive. With its composition of 3rd world slum areas and the most extravagant luxury of the western world, Jewish business districts and Muslim mosques, black ghettos and Hispanic barrios, hippie cultures and fanatical sects, LA is not only one of the world's most heterogeneous regions, it is as such one of the most radical democratic experiments yet to be seen. CoMa 2002

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Allen J. Scott and Edward W. Soja (ed.); The City - Los Angeles and Urban Theory at the End of the Twentieth Century, 1996
Charles Jencks; Heteropolis - Los Angeles, the Riots and the Strange Beauty of Hetero-Architecture, 1993
Edward W. Soja; Postmetropolis - Critical Studies of Cities and Regions, 2000
James P. Allen and Eugene Turner; The Ethnic Quilt: Population Diversity in Southern California, 1997.
James P. Allen and Eugene Turner; Changing Faces, Changing Places: Mapping Southern Californians. 2002.
Jonathan Hill; So Real in Quaderns #217, 1997
Mike Davis; City of Quartz - Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, 1990
Mike Davis; Ecology of Fear - Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster, 1998

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