DR. DAVIDSON is a visiting assistant professor of geography at California State University, North-ridge, California 91330.
THE LOS ANGELES COAST AS A PUBLIC PLACE
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
2005 American Geographical Society
Volume 95, Issue 4, pages 578–593, October 2005
How to Cite
DAVIDSON, R. A. and ENTRIKIN, J. N. (2005), THE LOS ANGELES COAST AS A PUBLIC PLACE. Geographical Review, 95: 578–593. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2005.tb00382.x
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- coastal access;
- Los Angeles;
- public place.
ABSTRACT. In the public-space discourse Los Angeles is usually portrayed as more “anti-city” than city. Its landscape is overrun by houses, “private-public” squares and plazas, theme parks, shopping malls, and so on and lacks inclusive public places. Yet this discourse has essentially disdained to contemplate a major public space that contradicts its general thesis: the Los Angeles coast. The coast is meaningful public place in two specific senses. First, it symbolizes Los Angeles as a whole and therefore provides a basis for regional public identity. Second, Angelinos themselves take the coast seriously as a public place, and they have striven to make it inclusive in practice.