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The City That Never Was: How LA Almost Became New York


As modern metropolises go, Los Angeles and New York couldn’t be more different. But it only took a few failed proposals from the early 20th century to send LA into a self-reinforcing spiral of freeways and sprawl. If a couple of prescient planners had had their way, the city might have grown into a model of urbanism besting the Big Apple (or at least Portland).

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  • Rosalie Murphy

    As much as I love present-day LA, there are few things I wouldn't give for that cycleway.

  • Hillary Newman

    The plans and blueprints in this post are unreal. Really drawn to Frank Gehry’s 1978 proposal for an arts park in San Fernando Valley featured solar panels and gigantic fruit.