Is Los Angeles Still a 'City of Quartz?'

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It's been 25 years since Mike Davis, a former meat-cutter and truck driver turned academic, published a book about Los Angeles called, City of Quartz. A Marxist intellectual, Davis focused on downtown LA, particularly the gleaming towers of redeveloped Bunker Hill, which loomed over the neighborhoods down below. That's where KCRW producer Evan George caught up with Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the LA Times who teaches City of Quartz at Occidental College.

Bunker Hill, 1901
Photo: Metro Library and Archive

Bunker Hill,
Photo: Allie Caulfield


Christopher Hawthorne - Chief Design Officer, Mayor's Office, City of Los Angeles; former architecture critic at the Los Angeles Times - @hawthorneLAT, Brenda Stevenson - professor of history and African American studies at UCLA; author of “The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the LA Riots” - @uclahist, Michael Maltzan - Michael Maltzan Architecture - @maltzanarch, Frank Gruber - Huffington Post

Warren Olney

Evan George, Sarah Sweeney