Monday, July 30, 2007

We don't need no stinkin' surveys

Someone has given our city lots of money to: "identify, catalog and ultimately protect not just[Los Angeles'] physical "built history" but to provide a sharper portrait of Los Angeles and how it came to be."

Sounds boring. When officials start out spouting adminispeak like this, I despair.

The LA Times reported that the (deep breath) Los Angeles Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, abetted and partially funded by the Getty Conservation Institute, is kicking off a five-year, multiphase effort: "SurveyLA: Los Angeles Historical Resources Survey Project. "

City official: "it's become important to catalog what makes Los Angeles Los Angeles."

These people want to discover "hidden L.A."

Run, hidden L.A., run!

Perhaps my pessimism is unwarranted. An interactive website will debut August 15; it may be tons o' fun. Here's more from the paper:

a team of 25 experts — urban historians, academics, architectural historians among them — selected by Jones & Stokes, an environmental and planning consultant firm, have begun preparing a comprehensive "Historic Context Statement," a document that will help shape the survey field guide. (A pilot survey team is set for a test run this year with the formal survey to begin in 2008.) The statement will chart the historic and architectural evolution of L.A., laying out major themes that shaped the city's identity, such as "Hollywood the Place," "Hollywood the Idea" and "Annexation." In addition, it will consider the property types and what makes them important.
zzzzz. . . . I suggest they hire a socko PR person, post haste.

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