Photos: A Visual History of the Canals | KCET
Photos: A Visual History of the Canals
A skeptical public had heard rumors of Kinney's eccentric redevelopment ideas in the coastal marshlands of Southern California, but no one took him seriously. On July 7, 1904, Kinney unveiled his plan, aptly titled the "Mission of San Marco, or "Venice of America", with over two miles of canals, casinos, a social-club house, aquarium, dance pavilion and much more. For over 30 years, Angelinos rode the trolley to the beach to see different reincarnations of Kinney's vision. But after his death and the city's reincorporation into Los Angeles, many of the canals were cemented over and a number of piers and amusement parks burned to the ground. The Great Depression further brought the area into decline, until decades later when Ruth Galanter lobbied for restoration of the remaining few.
While Mexican immigrants continue to be demonized and characterized as “criminals,” “drug dealers,” “rapists,” “illegal aliens” and “invaders” by American leaders and millions of citizens, they have essentially become “foreigners in their own land.
The informal economy is widespread, diverse, and deeply tied to the formal economy. It is also full of paradoxes and contradictions, which make it difficult to find simple solutions.
Not only did neoliberalism redefine the role of the state, it also intensified the speed and depth of globalization, which radically transformed the economy.
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