Throughout 2012, columnistJeremy Rosenberg has been spotlighting regulations that have played a significant role in the development of contemporary Los Angeles in the series Laws That Shaped L.A.. These laws -- as nominated early on by a variety of experts we've been polling -- may be considered by readers and nominators to have either been beneficial to the city or malevolent.
Find out more about the law that you've always wondered about -- or why things are the way they are in our city. Here are some highlights from the series from the second half of the year.
- Title IX: Why So Many More Women and Girls Play and Win at Sports
- Clean Water Act (1972): Why The Clean Water Act Matters
- California Retail Food Code (2006): Street Food Is Not A Crime
- National Housing Act (1934): How Ending the Great Depression Meant Inventing the Suburbs
- Collier-Burns Act (1947): Why Mega-Roads Rule The City
- Flood Control Act (1936): Why Buildings Turn Their Backs on The L.A. River
- Article 19, California State Constitution (1920s): The Idea That Took A Toll On How We Travel
- Federal-Aid Highway Act (1956): How the Westside Became So Crowded
- Proposition 7 (1911): How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Ballot Initiatives
- Act of Congress of June 30, 1906: Teddy Roosevelt's Signature Let Los Angeles Grow
- Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (1967): Why Automobiles Look The Way They Do
- Renewables Portfolio Standard (2002): California, Electricity and Climate Change
- Functional Classification Guidelines, Federal-Aid Highway Act (1968, 1973): What Happens When You Legislate Against Vibrant Streets
See the full archives here.
Check back in the new year for new installments of Laws That Shaped L.A.
To suggest a "Law That Shaped L.A." or otherwise contact the columnist, write him via: arrivalstory [at] gmail [dot] com. You can also follow Rosenberg on Twitter @losjeremy
Top: Los Angeles City Hall, 1946. From the Shades of L.A. Collection, Los Angeles Public Library