Book Discussion: City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium & the Birth of Modern Los Angeles

Tuesday, May 1  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Read the book and join the discussion of the controversial building of Dodger Stadium which divided Los Angeles in deep and profound ways and raised questions about the relationship between public and private power; the respective roles of the urban core and its surroundings; and the modern identity of Los Angeles.

Author Jerald Podair will participate in the discussion via Skype. The first 15 people to register for the discussion will be eligible to receive a complimentary copy of City of Dreams, courtesy of Princeton University Press.

About the book:
By the time Walter O'Malley accepted the city's offer to use the land where Dodger Stadium now stands, it had already been cleared of its primarily Mexican American long-time residents to make room for a public housing project that was never built. According to author Jerald Podair, O'Malley was only vaguely aware of the controversy over public housing in Chavez Ravine and the impending eviction battle when he decided to build the stadium there. O'Malley had other struggles, which make up the heart of the book: a classic conflict between the middle class, working class and the poor of LA's margins pitted against the downtown civic class, close to the political, economic and cultural power. One group's dreams were local and limited, the other's national and global. Filled with colorful stories, City of Dreams will fascinate anyone who is interested in the history of the Dodgers, baseball, Los Angeles, and the modern American City.

Presented by:
Kathleen O'Laughlin, Librarian, Reference & Research

Registration fees: FREE
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