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Boom (2016) 6 (1): 108–115.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Geoff Nicholson A personal essay about visiting and living in the California desert, the architecture and art created there, and what does and doesn’t “belong” there. There are considerations of homesteader cabins, motels, “villains’ houses” and the author’s own ambivalent urges to own a piece of...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 12–17.
Published: 01 September 2016
... experiments are happening in California and focus on Pacific Rim cities matters. When Saul Steinberg created his ironic 1976 map for the cover of The New Yorker entitled View of the World from 9th Avenue its westward gaze portrayed everything between the Hudson River and the Pacific Ocean as a deserted...
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Boom (2016) 6 (1): 1–3.
Published: 01 March 2016
... atSalvationMountain, Sara M. Patterson examines the brightly painted concrete mound that Leonard Knight built in the California desert near Slab City. Recounting the stories of pilgrims who traveled to visit Knight and his mountain, Middle ofNowhere tells the story of how they together with Knight imbued the place...
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Boom (2016) 6 (1): 70–75.
Published: 01 March 2016
... with Farm LA. They ve already pitched the concept to a number of neighborhood councils. They re focusing their search in LA s food deserts communities with few sources for fresh food. We want to bring those communities affordable access to organic food, and education on solar and water generation...
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Boom (2016) 6 (1): 34–44.
Published: 01 March 2016
... of its limits now. Mike Davis starts City of Quartz out on the edges, and he talks about a city that dreamt of becoming infinite. He talks about Los Angeles as the city that ate the desert. As I think about how to structure a new book, the last thing I want to do is start at the edges. I want to...
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Boom (2015) 5 (4): 1–2.
Published: 01 December 2015
... landscape of Southern California s Inland Empire: its deserts, lushly manicured lawns, freeways, and inland sea. Punctuating these single-frame images are panor- amas of landscapes that capture infinitudes of detail. Empire is on view through 13 February 2016. B Kamasi Washington on the cover of his album...
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Boom (2015) 5 (3): 4–11.
Published: 01 September 2015
... landscape of great distances and high speed11 That book was Learning from Las Vegas, and it didn t come out until 1972. But the lessons that the other pop-up city in a desert teaches were apparent in LA thirty years earlier, had anyone cared to learn them. Artificial lights don t illuminate everything...
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Boom (2015) 5 (2): 100–111.
Published: 01 June 2015
... West is not much in the shape of its original state What she discovered on her long car trips radiating outward from Los Angeles were freeways that led east through the hottest and driest desert in North America, the Mojave, to that ultimate North American fantasy of an oasis, Las Vegas. Freeways that...
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Boom (2015) 5 (1): 71–78.
Published: 01 March 2015
... Indians, cowpunchers and prospectors, a parched waste aggravated by copper smelters Moreover, exposition plan- ners felt they needed to show not just the accomplished fact of fecundity, but also the process of carving a green empire out of the gray desert . . . transforming, before the visitors eyes, a...
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Boom (2014) 4 (3): 95–102.
Published: 01 September 2014
... object, There s no nature there. The ground is covered with tract houses. The air overhead is a petrochemical byproduct. Your water flows from conspir- acies designed to obscure that you live in a semi-desert. Pavement marches to your horizon in every direction Graywood Avenue is an asphalt and stucco...
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Boom (2014) 4 (2): 76–86.
Published: 01 June 2014
... the cheap rents were. I moved here in 1993, and when the bus let me off on Valencia, I remember the street felt deserted like almost all of the storefronts were closed10 Within a few years, everything changed. The dot-com boom of the late 1990s saw a vast increase in wealth in the Bay Area in a short...
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Boom (2014) 4 (1): 24–35.
Published: 01 March 2014
... became more Mexican and more a desert city. I felt the proximity of desert. By that, I mean metaphorically desert, a city of want. The other California was Asian, and I feel that pro- foundly now in San Francisco. I don t know whether I ve satisfactorily accommodated myself to Asia. I was talking to a...
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Boom (2013) 3 (3): 28–37.
Published: 01 September 2013
... city should build a 238-mile aqueduct to tap the waters of Owens Valley (located between the Sierra Nevada and the desert); and thereby hangs a tale. The tale McWilliams shares is hardly secret; indeed, it is rooted into the city s image of itself. As early as 1917, it inspired Mary Austin s novel The...
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Boom (2013) 3 (2): 82–86.
Published: 01 July 2013
... Command of the Words. With these they abducted a river, Subdivided a desert, Walled families with velocities. And while Mohr s portrait of downtown s Woman s Building and its scene of artists and poets is commendable, there are just a few squeaks about what was the veritable East LA Renaissance the...
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Boom (2012) 2 (4): 60–67.
Published: 01 December 2012
... with a shovel and found water. Back in LA, he went to his fellow countrymen and sold shares for his Italian Vineyard Company. He bought eight square miles of desert land and planted a hundred varieties of grapes, and soon San Bernardino County had 20,000 acres of vineyards, more than present-day Sonoma...
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Boom (2012) 2 (4): 1–7.
Published: 01 December 2012
... Desert, which Mike Davis famously proclaimed an alternative future in the opening pages of his classic City of Quartz. In Los Angeles, Magón promptly set up shop a few blocks from the Old Plaza, where radical agitators exhorted the masses from soap boxes. he continued publishing Regeneración, including...
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Boom (2012) 2 (2): 22–36.
Published: 01 June 2012
... boomca l i f o r n i a . c om those who do, seeing and being seen at Comic-Con is a big part of the fun. Why do so many people wear costumes at Comic-Con? For the same reason people dress up in costumes at Carnival in Rio, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert. For that...
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Boom (2011) 1 (2): 6–16.
Published: 01 May 2011
... nation but to an emotion, while seeking with heavily armed men in civilian spaces such as Pennsylva- nia Station or the Golden Gate Bridge to induce that very emotion in the public. That their desert camouflage only made them stand out, and that the threats to the bridge were sketchy and remote, while...
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Boom (2011) 1 (1): 66–69.
Published: 01 March 2011
..., transport, and redeposit the unattended truths of our ex- istence the flushed pharmaceuticals, bits of rubber tire, heavy metals from border factories, the sweat of migrant workers and then, evaporated by that storied sun, aban- don the desert to us. b Boom1001REV3.indd 69 1/24/11 3:57 PM ...