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Meredith Drake Reitan

Meredith Drake Reitan

Meredith Drake Reitan is an Associate Dean in the Graduate School at the University of Southern California and an adjunct associate professor in USC’s Price School of Public Policy. Her work has been published in the Journal of Planning History, the Journal of Urban Design, the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research and in an edited volume for Planners Press. She also writes a blog, called the LAvenuesProject, that uses the thousands of mundane decisions that define the look and feel of LA streets to talk about the long history of the city as a planned environment.

Photo by: Steve Cohn http://www.stevecohnphotography.com © 2016

Meredith Drake Reitan
Mud splatters Ralph Hamlin while competing in the Cactus Derby of 1912. His companion is likely Andrew Smith, the Franklin’s “mechanician.”
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Lost LA

Ralph Hamlin: The Forgotten History of an L.A. Auto Pioneer

The racing legend became one of L.A.'s most successful car dealers.
Protest in the park, 1981
Article
Lost LA

MacArthur Park Reds: A Brief History of Protests at One of L.A.'s Oldest Parks

The resistance has a long history at L.A.'s MacArthur Park.
Woollett plan, 1939
Article
Lost LA

When Plans Fail: A Century's Worth of Unrealized Visions for the L.A. Civic Center

More than 30 different plans were created during the 20th century for the L.A. Civic Center.
John Black's Saloon, Bishop, California
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Lost LA

Los Angeles vs. the Saloons, Part II

In 1896, the Parkhurst Society's "meddling ministers" targeted L.A.'s saloons, brothels, and dives.
A Saloon
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Lost LA

Los Angeles vs. the Saloons, Part I

To many in the late 19th century, these "hatcheries of sin" were an unwelcome reminder that the City of Angels did not always live up to its name.
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