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Renée Reizman: The Barricade Reading Group

  • Ronald Reagan State Building Main St. & 3rd St. 90013 (map)

The Barricade Reading Group is an ad-hoc assembly of Los Angeles residents interested in discussing the city's infrastructure and urban design. Using excerpts from "City of Quartz" by Mike Davis and "The Life and Death of American Cities" by Jane Jacobs as a starting point, the group will consider the city's role in the Los Angeles housing crisis, homelessness, and rapid gentrification. 

The reading group meets at the south entrance of the Ronald Reagan State Building, on the corner of 3rd and Main. The building houses the offices of many California officials, including an office for the Governor, the California Secretary of State, the California Franchise Tax Board, the Los Angeles Court of Appeals and the California Department of General Services. 

For eight years, a mysterious collection of barricades blocked off a portion of the sidewalk. The barricades grew sun-weathered as the revival of Downtown Los Angeles buffed out graffiti and pushed longtime residents on the fringes. The makeshift courtyard has finally disappeared; only 16 barricades were left in its wake. This is where the reading group meets, becoming the index of a bureaucratic mystery. B.Y.O.C.! (bring your own chair)!

Image Credit: Google Street View 3rd and Main St. 90013 - Google Street View