|Los Angeles City Hall|
Los Angeles is at a cross roads. The city was born on September 4, 1781, a veritable youngster among cities such as New York, Boston, and Chicago. At the tender age of 234 years-old, change is afoot, according Donna Bojarsky a former aide to the late Mayor Tom Bradley. Recently, this blog's favorite architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne attended a gathering of 150 civic leaders including: Michael Govan, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; California Endowment President Bob Ross; Moby, musician and architecture aficionado; presenter Madeleine Brand of KCRW (89.9); and newly installed council member David Ryu (in the interest of full disclosure Mr. Ryu is blogger's council member). Ms. Bojarsky convened the group in early June to discuss the what she called "the pitiful state of civic engagement in Los Angeles." Mr. Hawthorne chronicled the evening in "Critic's Notebook Visionaries search for key to civic engagement in L.A." It was an enlightening event but lacking in average Los Angeles residents.
|Grand Park at night|
Rio, Clementi, Hale Studios
|Santa Monica State Beach|
Christopher Hawthorne observed, "Yet the precise outlines of her fledgling group's agenda remained fuzzy." The imprecision of the parameters of the Ms. Bojarsky's outline was insufficient to hold the group's attention the whole evening. Also unclear to Mr. Hawthorne was the extent of whether or not the evening was meant to be a critique of Mayor Eric Garcetti and his young administration. One of the subjects left unexplored was the successful or unsuccessful efforts, notably the Broad Foundation et al., to mentor a new generation of leaders.
I'm leaving because I got a cool job in a cool city that has money...I wish I could stay to keep my shoulder to a very, very, very big wheel. But I'm going where the wheel is smaller and it is already greased. Then he added, L.A. is not designed to work.