Nathan Masters, a colleague of mine from my undergraduate days, has been producing a series of fascinating articles under th auspices of “LA as Subject”, which is an association of libraries and archives. The articles have bee appearing through KCET, the latest of which on the history of MacArthur Park can be read here.
Together the articles constitute a fascinating history of the spatial transformations in a city that is polarizing often precisely because of its spatial dynamic. Beyond the compelling stories, the articles are all supplemented with fascinating historical images that have a lot to say about the changing face of Los Angeles.
Now, the park’s notable place in the history of pop culture falls outside of the scope of the article, but that shouldn’t stop the rest of us from drawing attention to it.