Forum Newsletter – January 1987

Featuring an essay by Craig Hodgetts called “Swimming to Suburbia: Some Thoughts on the New City and How it Came to be That Way”

L.A.’s streets and avenues are stitched together from a mosaic of discrete city grids which are discontinuously linked by dislocations, swerving axes and polar rotations. These grids open vistas, frame trivialities and reveal anomalies. It is a system of altercations and inconsistencies—of thoughtless breadth and pragmatic anticipation which has bred, albeit carelessly, the culture of cruising, hatchbacks and convenience corners which exemplify the present vision of the future city.