During the past ten months, while writing the Laws That Shaped LA column, I've had the pleasure of canvassing experts in the city and places beyond.
During these conversations, I've asked politicians, city planners, architects, professors, authors, journalists, think tank leaders, public intellectuals and the like to nominate a law or ordinance that has played a significant role in the development of contemporary Los Angeles.
These laws, as regular readers of the column already know, may be civil or criminal, and they may have been put into practice by city, county, state, federal or even international authority. The laws could be about almost anything crucial -- from public health to criminal justice, from ecology to the built environment, from economics to immigration, from civil rights to free speech, from public safety to transportation, to so much more.
The three dozen and counting so far resulting columns can be found here, in the column archives.
This week, as I'm continuing preparations for 2013's columns, I figured I'd put out this open call: Are there significant laws that the first year's batch of columns haven't covered that you would like to see addressed next year? If so, what are those laws?
Also, are there people who haven't yet been interviewed for this column who you recommend that I contact?
Please send replies to any of the above questions -- along with any other questions or comments to me:
*Via email -- "arrivalstory AT gmail DOT com"
*Via Twitter -- "@LosJeremy"
*Or, leave a comment at the bottom of this page, or at the bottom of any of the Laws That Shaped LA columns.
By the way, during the coming weeks, expect to read Laws That Shaped LA nominations and commentary from people such as John O. Norquist, President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism; and Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director of Climate Resolve.
Also, thank you again to everyone who has already contacted me during 2012 to suggest topics -- or to otherwise comment on the work. These suggestions have ranged from eminent domain to casino regulation to drug laws to agricultural laws to parking and urban density reform to many more. Please keep those suggestions coming!