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Lynne B. Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate, Director, MBA Real Estate Program and Director, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, presented the paper “Entertainment Centers and the Quest for Transformation in the Periphery” with Amanda Johnson at the University of Amsterdam’s master class workshop, “Explaining Metropolitan Transformation: Politics, Functions, and Symbols,” January 24-25 in the Netherlands. Johnson is assistant professor in the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Boise State University.
Using the L.A. Live complex in Los Angeles as a case study, the paper looks at whether entertainment-led projects can create “place.” The authors demonstrate the transformative power of such a project and explain how the city of Los Angeles created a multipurpose entertainment center on the downtown periphery.
The workshop was organized by the University of Amsterdam’s Urban Studies research group, “Planning, Institutions and Transforming Spaces,” which started in 2008 with research on the transformation of European cities.