A durable centre of urban space: the Los Angeles Plaza

  title={A durable centre of urban space: the Los Angeles Plaza},
  author={Mary P Ryan},
  journal={Urban History},
  pages={457 - 483}
  • M. Ryan
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • History
  • Urban History
This article searches for the historic centre of Los Angeles, California, the archetype of urban sprawl. Taking maps and photographs as its principal sources it finds an enduring urban centre in a plaza designed by the Spanish in 1781 and occupied by Mexicans until the US army conquered the city in 1847. The Plaza anchored the dispersed ranch land of the Pueblo of Los Angeles and was the magnet for commercial development during the first decades of American settlement. Between 1850 and 1880… 

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