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Melissa Rovner

Melissa Rovner Bio

Melissa Rovner is an architect, educator, and historian living and working in Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the racialized, gendered and socioeconomic systems that have underpinned the development of housing. She explores this material as a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Candidate in Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA.

Melissa Rovner Bio
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Lost LA

L.A.'s 'Black Beverly Hills' Still Threatened by Racist Past

Known as "Black Beverly Hills," View Park by becoming one of the largest, wealthiest and most architecturally distinct Black neighborhoods in Los Angeles. But it owes its significance to a complicated racial history.
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Lost LA

They Built This City: How Labor Exploitation Built L.A.'s Attractions

In the early 1900s, Los Angeles’ temperate climate and natural attractions drew droves of tourists seeking an escape from crowded, industrial cities. But behind the pristine curtain of Mt. Lowe’s tourism industry was a harsh reality of labor exploitation that continues to disproportionately affect Los Angeles’ Latinx population today.
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