Los Angeles may be the prototype - for good or ill - of our collective urban future, yet it is
probably the least understood city in the United States. Few people have an accurate appreciation
of what the region is, who lives in it, and what happens there.
This collection of essays brings together important voices - of experts, community leaders,
artists, and poets - to dispel the myths about Southern California, and to begin the process
of rethinking Los Angeles. It explores the multiple meanings of the city, bringing together
theory and reality in a new vision of urban life. This book breaks through the traditional
boundaries of urban analysis, revealing the many faces and distinctive soul of an emerging
world megacity. In a city known for creativity and the business of dramatic presentation, the
book sets the stage for understanding cities of the 21st century.