Zócalo Public SquareWhy Does Los Angeles Keep Rewriting Its Own Script? – Zócalo Public Square http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org Ideas Journalism With a Head and a Heart Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Why Does Los Angeles Keep Rewriting Its Own Script?http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2015/05/28/why-does-los-angeles-keep-rewriting-its-own-script/ideas/up-for-discussion/ http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2015/05/28/why-does-los-angeles-keep-rewriting-its-own-script/ideas/up-for-discussion/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 07:01:27 +0000 zocaloadmin http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/?p=60563 There’s a classic scene in the 1991 comedy L.A. Story, where “wacky weekend weatherman” Harris Telemacher, played by Steve Martin, is giving a tour around the city of Los Angeles. “Some of these buildings are over 20 years old,” he says excitedly. Angelenos get the joke. They know that for a breed of Southern Californians, it’s all about “out with the old and in with the new.” But that’s not the whole picture. L.A. is also a metropolis well known for its distinctive neighborhoods, diverse influences, and quirky landmarks. Even as boxy, modern condos spring up all over L.A., there’s also a growing movement of historic preservation enthusiasts. In advance of the Zócalo/Getty “Open Art” event, “Is L.A.’s Past Worth Saving?”, we asked scholars and authors who know this city inside and out: “What is it about Los Angeles that has made it so easy for us to write over our own history? And is that changing?”

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There’s a classic scene in the 1991 comedy L.A. Story, where “wacky weekend weatherman” Harris Telemacher, played by Steve Martin, is giving a tour around the city of Los Angeles. “Some of these buildings are over 20 years old,” he says excitedly.

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Angelenos get the joke. They know that for a breed of Southern Californians, it’s all about “out with the old and in with the new.”

But that’s not the whole picture. L.A. is also a metropolis well known for its distinctive neighborhoods, diverse influences, and quirky landmarks. Even as boxy, modern condos spring up all over L.A., there’s also a growing movement of historic preservation enthusiasts.

In advance of the Zócalo/Getty “Open Art” event, “Is L.A.’s Past Worth Saving?”, we asked scholars and authors who know this city inside and out: “What is it about Los Angeles that has made it so easy for us to write over our own history? And is that changing?”

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