The New Urban Studies: Los Angeles Scholars Use Their Region And Their Ideas To End The Dominance Of The 'Chicago School'

Leif Utne
August 29, 2000
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The New Urban Studies: Los Angeles Scholars Use Their Region And Their Ideas To End The Dominance Of The 'Chicago School' D.W. Miller, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Since the 1920s, urban studies has been dominated by the view that cities grow according to a tidy pattern: a commercial core anchoring concentric rings of industry and settlement. In an article on the website of The Chronicle of Higher Education, D.W. Miller says scholars in Los Angeles are challenging the assumptions of the long-dominant 'Chicago School,' arguing that the future of urbanism looks a lot more like L.A.: an ever-expanding sprawl of semi-autonomous communities without a real center. 'Despite its reputation for sprawl, Los Angeles is actually very densely populated,' says Miller. 'Fourteen million people live in the metropolitan area. . . . Over the past century, the area has grown by an average of about 500 newcomers every single day. . . . The great question is, how will the region accommodate those new multitudes in an area that is environmentally delicate, socially unstable, economically unpredictable, and politically fragmented?' -- LU
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