FROM John Buntin
Watts Riots: Policing and Chief Parker On August 12th, 1965, day two of the Watts Riots, South Los Angeles was on fire. The man tasked with putting out that fire was William H. Parker, chief of the LAPD. When Parker took over the force in 1950, the LAPD was pretty much a goon squad that did the bidding of the rich and powerful in Los Angeles. Chief Parker cleaned up the force and transformed it into a highly disciplined, militarized police department that became the envy of the world. But in South Los Angeles, the LAPD was viewed more as an occupying army.
Redesigning the Los Angeles of 1947 L.A. Noire is a video game released today by the company that brought you Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. It was created for Rockstar by Team Bondi in Sydney and it is an homage to the Los Angeles depicted in noir films and hard-boiled pulp fiction. How did the game designers recreate the Los Angeles of 1947? Did they get it right? Frances talks to John Buntin, author of the book LA Noir : The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City, Team Bondi production designer Simon Wood, and technology and design expert Marissa Gluck. Stills from the game L.A. Noire
New Leadership for a Powerful Institution On his 75th birthday, Cardinal Roger Mahony retired yesterday as Archbishop of Los Angeles and turned America's largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese over to José Gomez , recently the Bishop of San Antonio. There were masses in both English and Spanish at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, which overflowed with the faithful.
Welcoming Police Stations; A Sustainable Supersize House Harbor Replacement Station and Jail 2175 S. John Gibson Blvd. San Pedro, CA 90731 Architect: Perkins & Will Hollenbeck Replacement Station 2111 East 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 Architect: AC Martin Partners Olympic New Station 1130 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90006 Architect: Gruen Associates Topanga New Station 21501 Schoenborn St. Canoga Park, CA 91304 Architect: Carde Ten Architects Rampart Replacement Station 1401 W. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90017 Architect: Perkins & Will West Valley Replacement Station 9020 Vanowen St. Reseda, CA 91335 Architect: WWCOT
LA Noir The Los Angeles City Council still hasn't decided whether the new headquarters of the LAPD should named Parker Center after LA's most controversial former chief . In the meantime, a new book recounts the history of Los Angeles during the era of Parker and the notorious gangster, Mickey Cohen. John Buntin spent five years researching and writing LA Noir : The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.