Los Angeles: A History of the Future by Paul Glover
Anyone who is aware of the rapid decline of US. Atlantic seaboard cities in the last 20 years has to be struck by the potential magnitude of collapse that could overcome the greatest megalopolitan artifact on the Pacific Coast, Los Angeles. Already overwhelmed by traffic congestion and exhaust fumes its population continues to increase at a near boom rate; already overextended by thousands of miles for basic supplies of water, food, and energy its demands escalate while possibilities for fulfilling them become desperately tentative.
The veneer is cracking now faster than it can be re-cosmeticized and eventually thousands of blocks of dried-up one-story ruins and rusting station wagons may compete with the bombed-out vistas of South Bronx for our memory of the Late Industrial period.
Paul Glover shows a path that can salvage the future for people who live here, and if Los Angeles as presently conceived is lost at least it will be transformed into a place where people can actually walk around, something nobody does in LA today. Other quotes about this book
by Peter Berg, Editor, Raise the Stakes: the Planet Drum Review, Winter 1983: