Zoning Los Angeles: a brief history of four regimes

  title={Zoning Los Angeles: a brief history of four regimes},
  author={Andrew Whittemore},
  journal={Planning Perspectives},
  pages={393 - 415}
This article explains how, through tools of land-use regulation, several groups of actors became particularly adept at shaping the form of Los Angeles and to what ends. Land-use regulation in Los Angeles, this article argues, represents the outcomes of battles pitting one political group against another, quite in disregard of the common purpose this regulation is intended to serve, with the most powerful usually winning at the expense of others. In Los Angeles, there have been distinct winners… 

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    Journal of the American Planning Association
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  • Los Angeles Times, February
  • 1969

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  • City Planning 6,
  • 1930

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  • (Los Angeles, CA: City of Los Angeles,
  • 1968

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