By Jerald Podair

On the 60th anniversary of the Dodgers' flow to l. a., the entire tale of the debatable construction of Dodger Stadium and the way it helped remodel the city.

When Walter O'Malley moved his Brooklyn Dodgers to la in 1957 with plans to build a brand new ballpark subsequent to downtown, he ignited a sour argument over the way forward for a swiftly altering urban. For the 1st time, City of Dreams tells the complete tale of the debatable development of Dodger Stadium—and the way it helped create glossy la by way of remodeling its downtown right into a bright cultural and leisure center.

In a shiny narrative, Jerald Podair tells how la was once convulsed among 1957 and 1962 over even if, the place, and the way to construct Dodger Stadium. Competing civic visions clashed. could l. a. be a decentralized, low-tax urban of neighborhoods, as demanded via middle-class whites on its peripheries? Or could the baseball park be the 1st contribution to a revitalized downtown that might model la as a countrywide and worldwide urban, as recommended via leaders in company, media, and entertainment?

O'Malley's imaginative and prescient triumphed while he opened his privately built stadium on April 10, 1962—and during the last part century it has contributed considerably to the city's civic and monetary future health. yet as a way to construct the stadium, O'Malley negotiated with the town to obtain publicly owned land (from which town had uprooted a Mexican American community), elevating sharply contested questions about the connection among inner most revenue and "public purpose." certainly, the conflict over Dodger Stadium crystallized concerns with profound implications for all American towns, and for arguments over the that means of equality itself.

Filled with colourful tales, City of Dreams will fascinate someone who's drawn to the background of the Dodgers, baseball, l. a., and the fashionable American city.

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