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Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles

Jared Orsi


Although better known for its sunny skies, Los Angeles suffers from devastating flooding. This book explores a fascinating and little-known chapter in the city's history—the spectacular failures to control floods that occurred throughout the twentieth century. Despite the city's 114 debris dams, five flood control basins, and nearly 500 miles of paved river channels, Southern Californians have discovered that technologically engineered solutions to flooding are just as disaster-prone as natural waterways. This history unravels the strange and often hazardous ways that engineering, politics, an ... More

Keywords: Los Angeles, flooding, engineering, urban ecosystem, local politics, national politics, San Gabriel Dam fiasco, environmentalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520238503
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jared Orsi, author