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What Angelenos in 1988 got right and wrong in predicting LA life in 2013




Cover of the Los Angeles Times magazine issue predicting the future of LA in 2013.
Cover of the Los Angeles Times magazine issue predicting the future of LA in 2013.
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Trying to predict what life will be like in the future is tricky business. Looking back at predictions of the past is always fun. Sometimes they get pretty close, but usually, spectacularly wrong.

Still, humans just can't seem to resist looking into the crystal ball.

25 years ago today, the Los Angeles Times magazine published a special edition focused on life in the faraway year of 2013. In a lot of ways, it was surprisingly on target, though they didn't predict that the LA Times magazine would cease to exist. 

Writer Dashiell Bennett dug up the old issue, and published a kind of scorecard for the Atlantic