Population Growth in Los Angeles and around the World
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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
Is LA Still a Fast-Growing World City? ()
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?
- Joel Kotkin: Chapman University
- Sam Lubell: The Architect's Newspaper
- Lyn Jacobs: California Department of Housing and Community Development (formerly)
The Ghost in Barney's Beanery ()
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.
Can Planet Earth Handle Seven Billion People? ()
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.
- Andrew Revkin: New York Times
- Joel Cohen: Rockefeller and Columbia Universities
- Deborah Seligsohn: World Resources Institute
- Patrick French: author
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, which supports study and research into policy issues of the Los Angeles region.
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