A book and an exhibition:
“Every city has its icon, some point of interest or civic pride that captures universal attention: the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge or the Eiffel Tower. The visual symbols of Los Angeles, however, have always tended towards the ironic, evidence of an insubstantial past and a dystopian future. The Hollywood sign? Kitsch? Parking lots? Strip malls? Jammed freeways?
All are evidence of what went wrong in the California paradise – or at least that’s what its critics would say. “