"Cities like Tijuana and Los Angeles, once socio-urban aberrations, are becoming models of a new hybrid culture, full of uncertainty and vitality…In this context, concepts like ‘high culture,’ ‘ethnic purity,’ ‘cultural identity,’ ‘beauty,’ and ‘fine arts’ are absurdities and anachronisms. Like it or not, we are attending the funeral of modernity and the birth of a new culture."
— Document/Undocumented by Guillermo Gomez-Pena
"One can most properly begin by learning the local language; and the language of design, architecture, and urbanism in Los Angeles is the language of movement. Mobility outweighs monumentality there to a unique degree, as Richard Austin Smith pointed out in a justly famous article in 1965, and the city will never be fully understood by those who cannot move fluently through its diffuse urban texture, cannot go with the flow of its unprecedented life. So, like earlier generations of English intellectuals who taught themselves Italian in order to read Dante in the original, I learned to drive in order to read Los Angeles in the original.
But whereas knowledge of Dante’s tongue could serve in reading other Italian texts, full command of Angeleno dynamics qualifies one only to read Los Angeles, the uniquely mobile metropolis. Again that word ‘uniquely’…I make no apology for it. The splendours and miseries of Los Angeles, the graces and grotequeries, appear to me as unrepeatable as they are unprecedented."
The Architecture of Four Ecologies by Reyner Banham
"The place is rapidly…sinking into a ‘blade runner’ dystopian futurism…The air is unbreathable, the water undrinkable, the transit system impenetrable…"
— Time Out Los Angeles Guide, 1998
"Rain…usually [casues] massive flooding and [leaves] people stranded atop their vehicles or entombed in sinking homes."
— National Geographic Traveler: Los Angeles