Learning from the Past to Forge a Future

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Science  22 Apr 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5721, pp. 499-500
DOI: 10.1126/science.1110467

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Up Against the Sprawl Public Policy and the Making of Southern California. Jennifer Wolch, Manuel Pastor Jr., and Peter Dreier, Eds.. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2004. 423 pp. $74.95. ISBN 0-8166-4297-4. Paper, $24.95. ISBN 0-8166-4298-2.

Examining the sprawling evolution of Los Angeles, the contributors argue that government agencies and public policies--on the local, state, and federal levels--dictated many aspects of the region's growth and can help shape future changes in the metropolis.