Laws That Shaped LA

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Jeremy Rosenberg is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor, and consultant whose work has appeared in various books, magazines, newspapers, and online.
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Teddy Roosevelt's Signature Let Los Angeles Grow

Teddy Roosevelt's Signature Let Los Angeles Grow

This 1906 federal law allowed a city that was then about 400,000 people to grow to about four million today.
What L.A. Laws Do You Think Matter Most? Who Would You Like To Hear From?

What L.A. Laws Do You Think Matter Most? Who Would You Like To Hear From?

Do you have any suggestions for the Laws That Shaped LA column? Send them our way.
Dr. Strangevote, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Ballot Initiatives

Dr. Strangevote, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Ballot Initiatives

101 year-old Prop 7 was designed to give power to the people and the opportunity to practice direct democracy through initiatives and referendums.
How the Westside Became So Crowded

How the Westside Became So Crowded

The World War II hero most publicly associated with this law's passage is rumored to have, while sitting stuck in traffic, called himself a "numbskull" for doing so.
The End of the Road: The Idea That Took A Toll On How We Travel

The End of the Road: The Idea That Took A Toll On How We Travel

Despite the state spending fifty percent of its funds on road-building, traffic congestion was getting worse.
Why Buildings Turn Their Backs on The L.A. River

Why Buildings Turn Their Backs on The L.A. River

Thanks to a a 75 year old law, the mighty Los Angeles River is an exception to the-let's-look-at-our-waterways-rule.
My Way Or The Highway: Why Mega-Roads Rule The City

My Way Or The Highway: Why Mega-Roads Rule The City

In the rush to grab all the newly available transportation dollars, cities such as Los Angeles made a Faustian bargain.
The Birth of Sprawl: How Ending the Great Depression Meant Inventing the Suburbs

The Birth of Sprawl: How Ending the Great Depression Meant Inventing the Suburbs

The Federal Housing Administration played a dramatic role in shaping the design of post-war suburbs across America.
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