42. What we don't know | KCET
42. What we don't know
We don't know the archeology of the city, Hise pointed out. Digging down through the layers of the past has illuminated urban history is plenty of cities in North America, but not very much of Los Angeles has been unearthed.
We don't know the mechanics of investment in the rapidly urbanizing city of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are institutional histories, of course, but they tend to be paid-for biographies of "great men" who financed the making of Los Angeles. They're not very useful in finding out where the money went (or where it came from).
We don't know much about the most important artifacts of our living here "? the home we live in. Again, there are plenty of local histories filled with nostalgic photos and elegies to a vanished past, but little in them reveals how our houses were made, what choices their builders discarded in favor of what we have, or how Los Angeles was tied to national issues surrounding home building.
What else don't we know? We have books on freeways, railroads, and streetcars, but we don't have a comprehensive history of transportation in Los Angeles. We have good histories of Bunker Hill and Chavez Ravine, but we don't have anything like a history of the Community Redevelopment Agency or its politics. We don't have much of anything on the remaking and reworking of the city's neighborhoods by less formal means and by other institutions.
The city operates daily in hundreds of ways (cranky sometimes, smoothly other times), but all we seem to talk about is traffic. And schools.
We don't have a pattern of the city. A mental map of its body, as we would have of a lover's.
The image on this page is by Michael Ward. It was used by permission of the artist.
During the late 19th and early 20th century, many mass-produced black dolls were stereotypical, caricature-like and expressed racist undertones. Shindana Toys helped change the paradigm, irrevocably changing the toy industry today.
On November 24, 1965, the Louis Smith and Robert Hall launched an organization called Operation Bootstrap. The organization emphasized the importance of black entrepreneurship and used its business initiatives to shift public perception of black identity.
The Yurok people care for all of their family members, and their kin — including condors and salmon — reciprocate the care.
Astrophysicist Andrea Ghez, user experience designer Evan Sullivan, and choreographer Kyle Abraham talked about everything from what it means to be creative to how we can overcome creative fears.
- 1 of 221
- next ›