A serious history of a really silly thing - Off-Ramp for September 8, 2012

An Off-Rampy guidebook: UC Press' "A People's Guide to LA"

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Professor Laura Pulido, co-author of "A People's Guide to LA" outside the ticket booth at San Marino's Lacy Park.

If it's about anything, Los Angeles is about friction. Creative friction, social friction, political friction in the form of riots, bombings, shootouts, protests, marches, sit in's, love-in's ... even the fight over Dodger Stadium is a microcosm of LA's history. And from this friction comes the wonderful mess that is LA.

"A People's Guide to Los Angeles" from UC Press takes visitors and residents through 115 sites where these struggles have occurred. It's a collaboration between Professors Laura Pulido, Wendy Cheng, and Laura Barraclough that maps out a Los Angeles not seen by many ... a sort of mix of Howard Zinn and California's Gold.

Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson talked with author and USC Professor Laura Pulido about the book.

From the Publisher: "A People’s Guide to Los Angeles offers an assortment of eye-opening alternatives to L.A.’s usual tourist destinations. It documents 115 little-known sites in the City of Angels where struggles related to race, class, gender, and sexuality have occurred. They introduce us to people and events usually ignored by mainstream media and, in the process, create a fresh history of Los Angeles. Roughly dividing the city into six regions—North Los Angeles, the Eastside and San Gabriel Valley, South Los Angeles, Long Beach and the Harbor, the Westside, and the San Fernando Valley—this illuminating guide shows how power operates in the shaping of places, and how it remains embedded in the landscape."


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