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This website is dedicated to Carol and Lena,
who loaned me to it.

My thanks for the opportunity and enthusiasm for, as well as patience with, this web site, go first to Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Acting Editor of the American Historical Review. One major portion of this site–the Central Avenue path–is the result of my collaboration with Robbert Flick, who shared with me some years ago his conceptual strategy of adjacent framing and "trajectories" (what I call "paths" in this web site). Robbert also provided invaluable advice and conceptual feedback throughout the long authoring process. He produced his major work, "Along Central," at a sped-up pace to match the deadlines of this project, and provided me with detailed intersection metadata for each of the segments of his work-in-progress. Only someone who has tried to photo-document the streets of a vast metropolis can appreciate the endless hours of procedural labor involved, and Robbert endured this for the sake of this site.

Special thanks to Vanessa Schwartz for a very careful reading of the essays and valuable advice on revising the site qua urban representation.

My thanks go out to the many archivists who have helped me obtain the archival materials for this site, as well as those in the larger network of Los Angeles archives and the L.A. as Subject Advisory Forum. Thanks also to my colleagues in the University of Southern California's Information Services Division, those who worked with me developing the Information System for Los Angeles (ISLA) and later Integrated Digital Archives (IDA), too numerous to mention, but beginning with Dean Jerry Campbell on down through this large parallel institution within USC. The College of Arts and Sciences has given me generous support of space and time. I also owe thanks to my colleagues within the History and Geography departments. Professor John Wilson has directed many hours of Geographic Information System (GIS) Lab time, as have scores of graduate students on various parts of my projects over the last six years. A large subsection of this site was made possible by the time, space, and support granted me by the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1996-1997: special thanks to Michael Roth and Charles Salas. Thanks to Lynn O'Leary-Archer, Barbara Shepard, and JoEllen Williamson, in their dual selves at the GRI and later at USC. Another large subsection of this website was made possible by the John Randolph Haynes and Dorothy Haynes Foundation, in a study called "Race-Ethnicity, Space, and Political Fragmentation in Los Angeles County, 1940-1990."[1] This site carries much material that I am preparing for a printed book, currently titled "Ghost Metropolis: Space, Time, and the Political Economy of Alienation in Los Angeles County, 1940-2000. "