By Jerald Podair
On the 60th anniversary of the Dodgers' circulate to la, the entire tale of the debatable development of Dodger Stadium and the way it helped rework the city.
When Walter O'Malley moved his Brooklyn Dodgers to la in 1957 with plans to build a brand new ballpark subsequent to downtown, he ignited a sour argument over the way forward for a swiftly altering urban. For the 1st time, City of Dreams tells the total tale of the arguable development of Dodger Stadium—and the way it helped create sleek la via remodeling its downtown right into a vivid cultural and leisure center.
In a shiny narrative, Jerald Podair tells how la used to be convulsed among 1957 and 1962 over even if, the place, and the way to construct Dodger Stadium. Competing civic visions clashed. may l. a. be a decentralized, low-tax urban of neighborhoods, as demanded through middle-class whites on its peripheries? Or might the baseball park be the 1st contribution to a revitalized downtown that may model l. a. as a countrywide and international urban, as endorsed through leaders in enterprise, media, and entertainment?
O'Malley's imaginative and prescient triumphed while he opened his privately developed stadium on April 10, 1962—and during the last part century it has contributed considerably to the city's civic and fiscal wellbeing and fitness. yet with a purpose to construct the stadium, O'Malley negotiated with town to obtain publicly owned land (from which town had uprooted a Mexican American community), elevating sharply contested questions on the connection among deepest revenue and "public purpose." certainly, the conflict over Dodger Stadium crystallized matters with profound implications for all American towns, and for arguments over the that means of equality itself.
Filled with colourful tales, City of Dreams will fascinate someone who's attracted to the background of the Dodgers, baseball, la, and the trendy American city.
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City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles by Jerald Podair