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Eden by Design
By Greg Hise

Eden by Design

The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan for the Los Angeles Region

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Eden by Design by Greg Hise

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In 1930, the Olmsted Brothers and Harland Bartholomew & Associates submitted a report, "Parks, Playgrounds, and Beaches for the Los Angeles Region", to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. After a day or two of coverage in the newspapers, the report dropped from sight. The plan set out a system of parks and parkways, children's playgrounds, and public beaches. It is a model of ambitious, intelligent, sensitive planning commissioned at a time when land was available, if only the city planners had had the fortitude and vision to act on its recommendations. "Parks, Playgrounds, and Beaches" has become a highly valued but difficult-to-find document. In this book, Greg Hise and William Deverell examine the reasons it was called for, analyze why it failed, and open a discussion about the future of urban public space. In addition to their introduction and a facsimile reproduction of the report, Eden by Design includes a dialogue between Hise, Deverell, and widely admired landscape architect Laurie Olin that illuminates the significance of the Olmsted-Bartholomew report and situates it in the history of American landscape planning.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520224155
ISBN-10: 0520224159
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 323
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 7-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Greg Hise

Greg Hise is Associate Professor of Urban History and Planning at the University of Southern California and author of Magnetic Los Angeles: Planning the Twentieth-Century Metropolis (1997) and co-editor of Rethinking Los Angeles (1996). William Deverell is Professor of History at the University of Southern California and Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. He is the author of Railroad Crossing: Californians and the Railroad, 1850-1910 (California, 1994), coeditor of California Progressivism Revisited (California, 1994), and coeditor of Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s (California, 2001).

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