Thursday, September 4, 2008

Happy Birthday L.A.!

Los Angeles turned 227 today.
"In a place that rarely looks back, how many remembered?" asks the LAT in an editorial today. "Angelenos can be forgiven for not knowing about this, because no trace of what the pioneers built remains" -- the city's original digs having been turned inti "theme parks" (think Olvera Street or Chinatown.)

"Much has been said about L.A.'s uncomfortable relationship with its history, or lack of one," the LAT adds. "Los Angeles is still a land of reinvention, where the future matters much more than the past [...] The lack of a common narrative about the past contributes to the sense of L.A. as a collection of communities in search of a city."

From what we can see happen in our neck of the woods, this is not likely to change any time soon, despite the increasing ranks of preservationists. "Growth" and "Future" obligent.

photo Larry Brownstein/California Stock Photo