A Los Angeles Primer: Westwood

Angelenos between forty and fifty years old remember Westwood not just as a place, but as the place. People agree that the neighborhood just south of UCLA felt livelier before, but disagree about whether to blame policy, architecture, distance, or violence. What does it mean that its very name conjures up images, real and imagined, of Los Angeles' strange, fearful 1990s?

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Colin Marshall hosts and produces the podcast Notebook on Cities and Culture. These columns present essays adapted from his book-in-progress, "A Los Angeles Primer: Mastering the Stateless City."
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