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City center to regional mall : architecture, the automobile, and retailing in Los Angeles, 1920-1950

Author: Richard W Longstreth
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1998.
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"Ten years in the making, City Center to Regional Mall is a sweeping yet detailed account of the development of the regional shopping center. Richard Longstreth takes a historical perspective, relating retail development to broader architectural, urban, and cultural issues. His story is far from linear; the topics he covers include the emergence of Hollywood as a downtown in miniature, experiments with the shopping  Read more...
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Longstreth, Richard W.
City center to regional mall.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1998
(DLC) 96025115
(OCoLC)39860704
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard W Longstreth
OCLC Number: 961890403
Notes: Originally published 1997; First MIT Press paperback edition 1998.
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 1997 Lewis Mumford Prize given by Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH). 1997
Description: 1 online resource (xxx, 504 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: The perils of a parkless town. Metropolis ; Settlement ; Automobile --The problem solved. Skyscrapers ; Department stores ; Expansion ; Parking --
Westward ho for business. Origins ; Development ; Chain stores ; Boom --
Hollywood-Los Angeles other half. Aladdin cities ; Stores ; Business diversity ; Promotion ; Struggle --
Fabulous boulevard. Transformation ; Bullock's ; Miracle mile --
A guaranteed neighborhood. Precedents ; Palos Verdes ; Westwood Village --
A hindrance to business. Beverly Hills ; Main Street --
Hold on! Remodeling ; Parking ; Predicament --
Markets in the meadows. Market conditions ; Department stores ; Crenshaw Center ; Westchester ; Design ; Valley Plaza --
Grass on Main Street. Shopping courts ; Experiments ; Models --
No automobile ever bought a thing. Emergence ; Stein ; Gruen ; Realization ; Lakewood Center ; Sequels.
Other Titles: Architecture, the automobile, and retailing in Los Angeles, 1920-1950
Responsibility: Richard Longstreth.

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"[A]n engaging look at the neglected history of retail architecture and its relationship to the automobile." Mary Marien , Christian Science Monitor

 
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