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Founded in 1957, the Southern California suburb prophetically named City of Industry today represents, in the words of Victor Valle, andquot;The gritty crossroads of the global trade revolution that is transforming Southern California factories into warehouses, and adjacent working class communities into economic and environmental sacrifice zones choking on cheap goods and carcinogenic diesel exhaust.andquot; City of Industry is a stunning exposandeacute; on the construction of corporate capitalist spaces.

Valle investigated an untapped archive of Industry's built landscape, media coverage, and public records, including sealed FBI reports, to uncover a cascading series of scandals. A kaleidoscopic view of the corruption that resulted when local land owners, media barons, and railroads converged to build the city, this suspenseful narrative explores how new governmental technologies and engineering feats propelled the rationality of privatization using their property-owning servants as tools.

Valle's tale of corporate greed begins with the city's founder James M. Stafford and ends with present day corporate heir, Edward Roski Jr., the nation's biggest industrial developerandugrave;co-owner of the L.A. Staples Arena and possible future owner of California's next NFL franchise. Not to be forgotten in Valle's captivating story are Latino working class communities living within Los Angeles's distribution corridors, who suffer wealth disparities and exposure to air pollution as a result of diesel-burning trucks, trains, and container ships that bring global trade to their very doorsteps. They are among the many victims of City of Industry.

Synopsis:

This new edition of Mike Davis’s visionary work gives an update on Los Angeles as the city hits the 21st century.

Synopsis:

City of Industry is a stunning exposandeacute; on the construction of corporate capitalist spaces. Investigating Industry's archives, including sealed FBI reports, Valle uncovered a series of scandals from the city's founder James M. Stafford to present day corporate heir Edward Roski Jr., the nation's biggest industrial developer. While exposing the corruption and corporate greed spawned from the growth of new technology and engineering, Valle reveals the plight of the property-owning servants, especially Latino working-class communities, who have fallen victim to the effects of this tale of corporate greed.

About the Author

MacArthur Fellow Mike Davis lives in San Diego. He is the author of many books including Ecology of Fear, The Monster at Our Door and Planet of Slums.

Table of Contents

Achnowledgments

Introduction

His Theater of Shame

A Legacy of Debt, Rails, and Nooses

In the School of Power

Graduation Day

"We don't like the dirty deal"

Triangulating the Throne

Constructing their Ladder

Defending their Ladder

The Other Chinatowns

Jim's Busy Period

Assembling Jim's Portrait

Jim's Hot Vegas Tip

A Punishing Gaze

Performing His Whiteness

Burying the Body

Epilogue

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781844675685
Author:
Davis, Mike
Publisher:
Verso
Photographer:
Morrow, Robert
Author:
Morrow, Robert
Author:
Valle, Victor
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
Inner cities
Subject:
Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
los angeles;history;california;urban studies;architecture;cities;non-fiction;sociology;urban;politics;urbanism;cultural studies;geography;urban planning;usa;urban history;city;culture;america;cultural history;criticism;theory;social history;ecology
Subject:
los angeles;history;california;urban studies;architecture;cities;non-fiction;sociology;urban;politics;urbanism;cultural studies;geography;urban planning;usa;urban history;city;culture;america;cultural history;criticism;theory;social history;ecology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 illustrations
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , This new edition of Mike Davis’s visionary work gives an update on Los Angeles as the city hits the 21st century.
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City of Industry is a stunning exposandeacute; on the construction of corporate capitalist spaces. Investigating Industry's archives, including sealed FBI reports, Valle uncovered a series of scandals from the city's founder James M. Stafford to present day corporate heir Edward Roski Jr., the nation's biggest industrial developer. While exposing the corruption and corporate greed spawned from the growth of new technology and engineering, Valle reveals the plight of the property-owning servants, especially Latino working-class communities, who have fallen victim to the effects of this tale of corporate greed.

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