San Fernando Valley Stuff

Here’s an interesting piece by Ryan Reft on the website of KCET, the Los Angeles Public Television station, evaluating the racial and political contradictions of the “gentleman farmer” ideal that grew up in the Valley, and the way that that ideal fostered a quasi-rural sense of place within the boundaries of the west coast’s largest city. Reft mostly relies on the excellent work of Matt Garcia and my friend Laura Barraclough to evaluate the ways that industry and urbanization and agriculture intersected in the Valley.

I get a little love at the end too, on the subject of the Valley secession movement of 2002.

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