Critical Responses to the LA School of Urbanism

Dear et al. “Critical Responses to the LA School of Urbanism,” Urban Geography, 2008, 29 (2), 101-112.


This article reviews critical responses to the Los Angeles school of urbanism that have appeared in the urban studies literature since 1986. Common categories of complaint include the accusation that LA scholarship lacked sufficient evidence to support its claims and that the language and rhetoric of the School were hyperbolic. Some criticism was also decidedly personal and discipline-specific in tone. Constructive engagement with the LA School was evident in the growing corpus of empirical and theoretical comparative urban research. In particular, recent research work of the ‘New Chicago School’ reveals several concordances with the LA School.

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