Known as Westlake Park for its first 60 years, MacArthur Park is considered one of Los Angeles's original parks. Throughout its history, it has endured countless challenges as the neighborhood and city that surround it grew to become the current metropolis. Born out of progressive vision and drought, MacArthur Park, due to its elegant design and cultural programming, has been referred as a "civic jewel" and the West Coast version of Central Park. Like many urban parks, it has also been burdened with a negative image due to its many decades of neglect, crime, and municipal disinvestment. Today, MacArthur Park has survived as a critical green and cultural space for one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the country. More importantly, MacArthur Park has served as an authentic democratic space for local stakeholders and visitors to gather, play, and protest.
Douglas MacArthur, an act that on its own was not fatal to the park. However, the injury was inflicted on the local community, which was unhappy with the name change. At MacArthur Park, memory, culture, and imagination share the same ...
Author: Jose A. Gardea
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
A captivating, emotionally taut novel about the complexities of a friendship between two women—and how it shapes, and reshapes, both of their lives "Filled with gorgeous prose and deep emotion . . . Explores what it means to be an artist, delves into the vicissitudes of life and death, and takes us on journey through the splendor (and sometimes ugliness) of the American West—with dollops of Flaubert, Faulkner, Chekhov, Collette, and Chandler along the way."—Lisa See, author of The Island of Sea Women Jolene and Verna share complicated ties that have crystallized over time. Beginning when they were girls discovering their needs and desires, their ongoing stories have been inextricably linked. But when Verna marries Vincent, Jolene’s ex-husband, their paths may have finally, permanently diverged. A successful and provocative feminist artist, Jolene travels the world, attracting attention wherever she goes. Verna, a writer, works from her home near MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, where she and Vincent plan to spend the rest of their lives in a contemplative, intimate routine. Then Jolene asks one more favor of Verna—to take a road trip with her to their small hometown in Utah. It’s a journey that will force them to confront both the truths and falsehoods of their memories of each other and of the very beginnings of their friendship, and to reckon with the meaning of love, of time itself, of the bonds that matter most to us, and with what we owe one another.
For a while after I had first moved to the neighborhood I stopped walking in the park because it felt too dangerous , but during the time I ... OFTEN ON my loop around the lake I would stop in front of the statue of General MacArthur .
Author: Judith Freeman
After Hurricane Sandy, Nick Fowler, a writer, stranded alone in a Manhattan apartment without power, begins to contemplate disaster. Months later, at an artist residency in upstate New York, Nick finds his subject in disaster itself and the communities shaped by it, where crisis animates both hope and denial, unacknowledged pasts and potential futures. As he travels to Los Angeles and London on assignment, Nick discovers that outsiders - their lives and histories disturbed by sex, loss, and bad weather - are often better understood by what they have hidden from the world than what they have revealed.
in his audition for Saturday Night Live, the comedian Andy Kaufman improvised a rendition of “MacArthur Park.” The lyrics came to him as he sang for the camera, glazed-over while he twittered out his own donna Summer, disco being both a ...
Author: Andrew Durbin
Publisher: Nightboat Books
Encompassing such categories as "songs people always get wrong," "teen death songs," "songs women hate," and "weenie songs," this musical commentary offers a humorous look at the world's worst lyrics and bad songs in general.
Naturally it turns out that there is a small but vocal group of people who like , even LOVE , “ MacArthur Park . ” After the survey results were published , these people wrote me irate letters arguing that this song is a masterpiece and ...
Author: Dave Barry
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
What does the Western city at the end of the twentieth century look like? How did the modern metropolis of congestion and density turn into a posturban or even postsuburban cityscape? What are edge cities and technoburbs? How has the social composition of cities changed in the postwar era? What do gated communities tell us about social fragmentation? Is public space in the contemporary city being privatized and militarized? How can the urban self still be defined? What role does consumer aestheticism have to play in this? These and many more questions are addressed by this uniquely conceived multidisciplinary study. The Urban Condition seeks to interfere in current debates over the future and interpretation of our urban landscapes by reuniting studies of the city as a physical and material phenomenon and as a cultural and mental (arte)fact. The Ghent Urban Studies Team responsible for the writing and editing of this volume is directed by Kristiaan Versluys and Dirk De Meyer at the University of Ghent, Belgium. It is an interdisciplinary research team of young academics that further consists of Kristiaan Borret, Bart Eeckhout, Steven Jacobs, and Bart Keunen. The collective expertise of GUST ranges from architectural theory, urban planning, and art history to philosophy, literary criticism and cultural theory.
To the four ecologies a fifth has been added : the ecology of fear.35 The first sketches for this contribution were made in the Park Plaza Hotel , the former Elks Building by Curlett and Beelman from 1927 , which dominates MacArthur ...
Author: Ghent Urban Studies Team
Publisher: 010 Publishers
Category: Areas metropolitanas
MacArthur Park was an unregulated space where vices could be fulfilled and were left ignored by the city. Once the gaze of redevelopment was upon this no man's land, as the subway station plans got underway, illicit activities drew ...
Publisher: Cambria Press
A statue of Hayn Solomon was moved from Hollenbeck Park to MacArthur Park in 1953 . Street furniture includes Nineteenth Century style carriage lamps designed by King Lighting A statue of General Douglas MacArthur was erected in 1955 .
Author: Southern California Rapid Transit District
Category: Local transit
Refer to the discussion on pages 3-159 to 3-160 of the FEIS ( 1983 ) and Section 14.3 , Chapter 3 of the Draft SEIS / SEIR for a discussion of construction impacts on MacArthur Park . Additional analysis of impacts to MacArthur Park has ...
Author: Southern California Rapid Transit District
Category: Local transit
After decades of urban crisis, American cities and suburbs have revived, thanks largely to immigration. This is the first book to explore the phenomenon, from big cities such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, to newer destinations such as Nashville and suburban Boston and New Jersey.
Hector tobar's awardwinning novel The Tattooed Soldier (1998) takes place in MacArthur Park and demonstrates the chaotic environment that existed there throughout the 1990s and into the mid-2000s.21 tobar's fictional story is a tale of ...
Author: Domenic Vitiello
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Category: Political Science
LA Sports brings together sixteen essays covering various aspects of the development and changing nature of sport in one of America’s most fascinating and famous cities. The writers cover a range of topics, including the history of car racing and ice skating, the development of sport venues, the power of the Mexican fan base in American soccer leagues, the intersecting life stories of Jackie and Mack Robinson, the importance of the Showtime Lakers, the origins of Muscle Beach and surfing, sport in Hollywood films, and more.
For more on the culture and character of MacArthur Park, see Kelly Main's Place Attachment and MacArthur Park: A Case Study for the Importance of Public Space in an Immigrant Neighborhood and the Implications for Local Planning ...
Author: Wayne Wilson
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Category: Sports & Recreation