From Bus Riders Union to Bus Rapid Transit: Race, Class, and Transit Infrastructure in Los Angeles

With new discussions regarding the possible conversion of the Orange Line to rail, today serves as the perfect opportunity to examine the city's recent bus history, the attitudes that underlie bus transit, and its present and future.

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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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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.
Fast Times with Valley Girls: 30 Years Later, What Do Two SoCal Classics Tell Us About America?

Fast Times with Valley Girls: 30 Years Later, What Do Two SoCal Classics Tell Us About America?

Two films from the 1980s defined character and social archetypes that persist to this day.
East of East: Using Vacant Space to Create Place in South El Monte

East of East: Using Vacant Space to Create Place in South El Monte

Artists have played a large role in developing community identity and establishing a sense of place in communities with lower incomes and fewer resources.
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