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Los Angeles Visitors Info

Discover Los Angeles (Official LA Visitors Guide)

If you are looking for restaurant recommendations, places to explore, and what is trending in the city, then this is the guide for you.

Discover Los Angeles Neighborhoods

This interactive map allows you to explore the history and cultural heritage that Los Angeles neighborhoods have to offer.

Discover the Hidden Gems of Los Angeles

While Los Angeles is home to many iconic landmarks, discover additional adventures outside of the traditional tourist attractions with this guide.

Los Angeles Times – Mapping Central L.A.

Mapping L.A. is a resource created by the Los Angeles Times that collects data on demographics, crime, and schools within Los Angeles County. Check it out! Do the statistics surprise you?

Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)

DCA fosters arts and culture to bring a sense of community to Los Angeles. See what events are going on during your visit!

African American L.A.

The African American experience in LA is multifaceted. Explore African American culture in LA through museums, film festivals, art, food, and other events.

Asian American L.A.

If you are looking for an experience to appreciate culture around Asia & the Pacific Rim, this guide is for you.

Latino Heritage

Los Angeles’ past is rooted in Latin American origins, with El Pueblo de Los Angeles now being a historic district. Find historical landmarks, visit the Mexican marketplace, and take pride in the diversity of Los Angeles.

Multicultural Attractions

If you cannot decide what to do, choose this guide. Discover the diverse city and adventure to East L.A.’s Boyle Heights to Little Tokyo to Leimert Park and more.

Selected Books on Los Angeles

Avila, E. (2004). Popular culture in the age of white flight: Fear and fantasy in suburban Los Angeles. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Banham, Reyner. (2009). Los Angeles: The architecture of four ecologies (2nd ed.). Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press.  

Burton, s. & Lynn, C. (2017). Becoming Ms. Burton: From prison to recovery to leading the fight for incarcerated women.New York, New York: The New Press.  

Campbell, M. (2016). Making black Los Angeles: Class, gender, and community, 1850—1917. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Davis, M. (1990). City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles. New York, NY: Verso.

Davis, M. (1998). Ecology of fear: Los Angeles and the imagination of disaster. New York, NY: Metropolitan Books.

Deverell, W. & Hise, G. (2010) A companion to Los Angeles. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Flamming, D. (2005). Bound for freedom: Black Los Angeles in Jim Crow America.Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press.

Fulton, W. (1997). The reluctant metropolis: the politics of urban growth in Los Angeles.Point Area, CA: Solano Press Books.

Garcia, M. (2001). A world of its own: race, labor, and citrus in the making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Gottlieb, R. (2007). Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and community in the global city (urban and industrial environments). Cambridge, MA; London, England: The MIT Press.

Hise, G. (1997). Magnetic Los Angeles: Planning the twentieth-century metropolis. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press.

Keil, R. (1998). Los Angeles: Globalization, urbanization, and social struggles (World cities series). New York, NY: J. Wiley.

McWilliams, C. (1946). Southern California: An island on the land. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith.

Modarres, Ali. (1994). Racial and ethnic structure of Los Angeles County: A geographic guide. Los Angeles, CA: California State University.

Moss, P. & Tilly, C. (2001). Stories employers tell: race, skills, and hiring in America. New York, NY: Russell Safe Foundation.

Mukhija, V., & Loukaitou-Sideris, A. (2014). The informal American city: Beyond taco trucks and day labor (urban and industrial environments). Cambridge, Massachusetts:The MIT Press.

O’Connor, A., Tilly, C., & Bobo, L. (2003). Urban Inequality: Evidence from Four Cities (Multi-city study of urban inequality). New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.

Ong, P. (1994). The new Asian immigration in Los Angeles and global restructuring.Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Podair, J. (2017). City of dreams: Dodger stadium and the birth of modern Los Angeles. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Polyzoides, S., Sherwood, R., & Tice, J. Courtyard housing in Los Angeles: A typological analysis (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press.

Roy, A., Negron-Gonzales, G., Opoku-Agyemang, K., & Talwalker, C. (2016). Encountering poverty: Thinking and acting in an unequal word.Oakland, CA: The Regents of the University of California.  

Sanchez, G. (1993). Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, culture, and identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Inc.

Scott, A. & Soja, E. (1996). The city: Los Angeles and urban theory at the end of the twentieth century.Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA; London, England: University of California Press.

Sloane, D. (2012). Planning Los Angeles. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge.

Soja, E. (2010). Seeking spatial justice.Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Sonenshein, R. (1993). Politics in black and white: Race and power in Los Angeles.Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Sonenshein, R. (2006). The city at stake: Secession, reform, and the battle for Los Angeles. Princeton, NJ; Woodstock, Oxfordshire: Princeton University Press.

Storper, M., Kemeny, T., Makarem, N., & Osman, T. (2005).  The rise and fall of urban economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles.Standford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Ulin, D. (2015). Sidewalking: Coming to terms with Los Angeles. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Umemoto, K. (2006). The truce: Lessons from an L.A. gang war.Ithaca, NY: Cornell University.

Selected Articles on Los Angeles

Banerjee, T., Uhm, J., & Bahl, D. (2014). Walking to school: The experience of children in inner city Los Angeles and implications for policy. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 34(2), 123-140.

Barreto, M., Villarreal, M., & Woods, N.D. (2005). Metropolitan Latino political behavior: Voter turnout and candidate preference in Los Angeles. Journal of Urban Affairs, 27(1), 71-91.

Basolo, V., Steinberg, L.J., Burby, R.J., Levine, J., Cruz, A.M., & Huang, C. (2008). The effects of confidence in government and information on perceived and actual preparedness for disasters. Environment and Behavior, 41(13), 338-364.

Bedolla, L. (2000). They and we: Identity, gender, and politics among Latino youth in Los Angeles. Social Science Quarterly, 81(1), 106-122.

Blumenberg, E. & Ong, P. (2001). Cars, buses, and jobs: Welfare participants and employment access in Los Angeles. Transportation Research Record: The Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 1756, 22-31.

Brown, A., Taylor, B.D., & Wachs, M. (2016). The boy who cried wolf? Media messaging and traveler responses to “Carmageddon” in Los Angeles. Public Works Management and Policy, 22(3), 275-293.

Clark, W.A.V. & Ledwith, V. (2006). Mobility, housing stress, and neighborhood contexts: Evidence from Los Angeles. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 38(6), 1077-1093.

Ewing, R. (1997). Is Los Angeles-style sprawl desirable? Journal of the American Planning Association, 63(1), 107-126.

Gordon, P. & Richardson, H.W. (1996). Beyond polycentricity: The dispersed metropolis, Los Angeles, 1970-1990. Journal of the American Planning Association, 62(3), 289-295.

Irazabal, C. & Punja, A. (2009). Cultivating just planning and legal institutions: A critical assessment of the south central farm struggle in Los Angeles. Journal of Urban Affairs,31(1), 1-23.

Jerrett, M., Burnett, R.T., Ma, R., Arden Pope III, A., Krewski, D., Newbold, B.,…Thun, M. (2005). Spatial analysis of air pollution and mortality in Los Angeles. Epidemiology, 16(6), 727-736.

Kane, K., Hipp, J.R., & Kim, J.H. (2016). Los Angeles employment concentration in the 21stcentury. Urban Studies, 55(4), 844-869.

Lee, Y. (2010). Gentrification and crime: Identification using the 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles. Journal of Urban Affairs, 32(5), 549-577.

Lewis, L.B., Sloane, D.C., Nascimento, L.M., Diamant, A.L., Guinyard, J.J., Yancey, A.K., & Flynn, G. (2005). African Americans’ access to healthy food options in South Los Angeles restaurants. American Journal of Public Health, 95(4), 668-673.

Loukaitou-Sideris, A., Liggett, R., & Sung, H. (2007). Death on the crosswalk: A study of pedestrian-automobile collisions in Los Angeles. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 26(3), 338-351.

Lynn, M. (2002). Critical race theory and the perspective of Black men teachers in the Los Angeles public schools. Equity & Excellence in Education, 35(2), 119-130.

Matei, S., Ball-Rokeach, S.J., & Linchuan Qui, J. (2001). Fear and misperception of Los Angeles urban space: A spatial-statistical study of communication-shaped mental maps. Communication Research, 28(4), 429-463.

Modarres, A. (2010). Polycentricity, community pattern, urban form: The case of Southern California. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 35(6), 1193-1211.

Molina, E. (2016). Foreclosures, investors, and uneven development during the great recession in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Journal of Urban Affairs,38(4), 564-580.

Musso, J., Weare, C., Oztas, N., & Loges, B. (2006). Neighborhood governance reform and networks of community power in Los Angeles. The American Review of Public Administration,36(1), 79-97.

Olwert, C., Tchopourian, J., Arellano, V., & Woldeamanuel, M. (2015). Stranding cycling transit users on Los Angeles’ orange line bus rapid transit. Journal of Public Transportation, 18(1), 1-15.

Pfeiffer, D. (2012). Has exurban growth enabled greater racial equity in neighborhood quality? Evidence from the Los Angeles region. Journal of Urban Affairs, 34(4), 347-371.

Plunkett, S. & Bamaca-Gomez, M.Y. (2003). The relationship between parenting, acculturation, and adolescent academics in Mexican-origin immigrant families in Los Angeles. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 25(2), 222-239.

Rigolon, A., Toker, Z., & Gasparian, N. (2018). Who has more walkable routes to parks? An environmental justice study of safe routes to parks in neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Journal of Urban Affairs, 40(4), 576-591.

Roy, A. (2015). Who’s afraid of postcolonial theory? International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40(1), 200-209.

Saito, L. (2018) Urban development and the growth with equity framework: The national football league stadium in Downtown Los Angeles.Urban Affairs Review.https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087417751216

Soja, E. (1986). Taking Los Angeles apart: some fragments of a critical human geography. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 4(3), 255-272.

Soja, E., Morales, R., & Wolff, G. (1983). Urban restructuring: An analysis of social and spatial change in Los Angeles. Economic Geography, (59)2, 195-230.

Stokes, B., Villanueva, G., Bar F., & Ball-Rokeach, S. (2015). Mobile design as neighborhood acupuncture: Activating the storytelling networks of South Los Angeles. Journal of Urban Technology, 22(3), 55-77.

Valenzuela Jr., A., Covington, K., & Stroll, M. (2009). The state of Latino Los Angeles. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. Latino Policy and Issues Brief, 24.

Wachs, M. (1984). Autos, transit, and the sprawl of Los Angeles: The 1920s. Journal of the American Planning Association, 50(3), 297-310.

Wolch, J., Wilson, J., & Fehrenbach, J. (2005). Parks and park funding in Los Angeles: An equity-mapping analysis. Urban Geography, 26(1), 4-35.

Zhou, Y. (2006). A different path to homeownership: The case of Taiwanese immigrants in Los Angeles. Housing Studies, 21(4), 555-579.