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Politics of Surfing: Environmentalism and Feminism Among California's Waves

California surfers have been especially active in environmentalism, much of which can be attributed to the efforts of pioneering women surfers.

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Ryan Reft has a PhD in urban history from the University of California San Diego. He is co-editor of the blog Tropics of Meta.
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Shifting Lanes: The Demise of the Southern California Autotopia

Shifting Lanes: The Demise of the Southern California Autotopia

To understand the City of Angels, Joan Didion once wrote, one needed to immerse oneself in the freeway experience or, as she put it, "the only secular communion Los Angeles has."
Seventy Years Later: The Zoot Suit Riots and the Complexity of Youth Culture

Seventy Years Later: The Zoot Suit Riots and the Complexity of Youth Culture

This June marks the 70th anniversary of the Zoot Suit Riots, which some critics call "the worst mob violence in Los Angeles history."
A Dive into the Deep End: The Importance of the Swimming Pools in Southern California

A Dive into the Deep End: The Importance of the Swimming Pools in Southern California

Despite, or perhaps because of, its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, SoCal's enthusiasm for pool-based recreation knows few bounds.
From Better Luck Tomorrow to K-Town: Asian Americans and Los Angeles in 21st Century Media

From Better Luck Tomorrow to K-Town: Asian Americans and Los Angeles in 21st Century Media

Los Angeles and its entertainment industry has played and continues to play a central role in the crafting of the Asian American identity.
Courting Division: How Three Southern California Court Cases Bolstered and Hindered Multiracial Civil Rights Movements

Courting Division: How Three Southern California Court Cases Bolstered and Hindered Multiracial Civil Rights Movements

Southern California's landscape provided the setting for three critical court cases that reveal the ability of the law to cleave efforts toward equal rights.
Retail California: Shopping Centers, Malls, and Creating a New Consumerism

Retail California: Shopping Centers, Malls, and Creating a New Consumerism

Three examples confirm Southern California's critical role in the mall's early formation: the Broadway Crenshaw Center, the Valley Center, and San Diego's Linda Vista Shopping Cent ...
Retail California: Ralphs, the Big Lebowski, and Shaping the American Shopping Experience

Retail California: Ralphs, the Big Lebowski, and Shaping the American Shopping Experience

Ralphs' innovations in retail and supermarkets in Los Angeles rippled through the industry and became a catalyst for suburban expansion.
Retail California: Cars, Drive-In Markets, and Consumers

Retail California: Cars, Drive-In Markets, and Consumers

When C.L. Peckham opened Ye Market Place on Los Feliz Road in Glendale in 1924, few realized the influence the drive-in market would have on urban planning and American retail.
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