Does Los Angeles Need a Downtown?

Does Los Angeles Need a Downtown?

Co-presented with ALOUD at Central Library as part of Talking City: L.A. Today and Tomorrow.

In an age of digitally networked cities, regions, nations, and international hubs, is there still value--economic, social, political, cultural--in central downtown districts? CalArts President Steven D. Lavine invites three of L.A.'s most influential urban thinkers to ponder this question in the first of a series of roundtable discussions on the evolving shape of urbanism in the City of Angels. The distinguished panelists are Manuel Castells, the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and author of The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture; Edward Soja, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and author of Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and Other Real-and-Imagined Places; and Cecilia Estolano, CEO of the Community Redevelopment Authority of the City of Los Angeles.

The Talking City series continues at Central Library on March 11 with Green to the Street: The Future of Pershing Square. The roundtable includes Daniel Biederman, Kathleen Bullard, Lewis MacAdams, Barry Sanders and Doug Suisman. Moderated by Christopher Hawthorne. See for more info.

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WED 2/11
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff