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From Asia and South Asia to South America and parts of Africa, megacities are expanding to accommodate growing populations. Where does the LA region fit into that picture? Years of spectacular growth produced expectations of a dense, urban environment. Plans were made accordingly, and they’re still being carried out. Is it really turning out that way or is this still an essentially suburban region of single-family housing and long-distance commuting? Also, a Los Angeles ghost story.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, can Planet Earth handle seven billion people?

Banner image: View of the downtown Los Angeles skyline, as seen from Mulholland Boulevard. Photo by cmurtaugh

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Reporter's Notebook The Ghost in Barney's Beanery 5 MIN, 47 SEC

We can't do a Halloween show without a ghost story, and we take you now to Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood, a restaurant that's been on Santa Monica Boulevard for almost 91 years. That's long enough for a history of strange experiences, right up to the present day. We hear about one such experience from restaurant manager Jonah Dumont, who started working at Barney's just a year ago, and from Richard Carradine, founder of Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles.

Guests:
Jonah Dumont, Barney's Beanery
Richard Carradine, Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles

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Richard Carradine

Main Topic Can Planet Earth Handle Seven Billion People? 25 MIN, 56 SEC

The United Nations says the world's population will reach seven billion sometime today, although the US Census Bureau says it'll happen sometime in March. Regardless of the date, there are some reasons for optimism as well as predictions of doom and gloom. We hear some of both -- from the US, China, India and sub-Saharan Africa.

Guests:
Andrew Revkin, New York Times
Joel Cohen, Rockefeller and Columbia Universities
Deborah Seligsohn, World Resources Institute
Patrick French, author

Main Topic Is LA Still a Fast-Growing World City? 19 MIN, 47 SEC

In the years after World War II, Los Angeles' population growth was spectacular. During 20 years as Mayor, Tom Bradley envisioned what he called a "World Class City" with skyscrapers, subways, new schools and parks to accommodate a population that would live increasingly in multi-family housing in much denser neighborhoods than it was famous for. That's the vision we're building for now, but is it really the wave of the future?

Guests:
Joel Kotkin, Chapman University
Sam Lubell, The Architect's Newspaper
Lyn Jacobs, California Department of Housing and Community Development (formerly)

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Joel Kotkin

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