Front of temple looking at one of the faces of Tlaloc, Mexican god of rain and harvest.

Monumental Hydraulics: Diego Rivera’s Lerma Waterworks and the Water Temples of San Francisco

Rafael Tiffany Susan Moffat The water pouring readily out of our private faucets is a modern production that belies the […]

Consuelo Flores’s altar created for Self Help Graphics’ exhibition ‘‘The 43: From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson.’’

The 43: Remembering Ayotzinapa

Maricela Becerra Lucy Seena K. Lin Gus Wendel Tragedy does strange things to our conception of proximity. Sometimes we can […]

A performance of Hopscotch.

Practicing the Future: Exercises in Immanent Speculation

Jonathan Crisman Los Angeles is a city made from an assemblage of speculative practices. Spain colonized the region, surmising it […]

Photograph of Karen Tei Yamashita by Mary Uyematsu Kao.

A Boom Interview: In conversation with Jonathan Crisman and Jason S. Sexton

A Boom Interview In conversation with Jonathan Crisman and Jason S. Sexton Karen Tei Yamashita Editor’s note: Karen Tei Yamashita […]

Porciuncula, an installation on the LA River made of balloons filled with the river’s fragrance: ‘‘grass, ocean air, desiccated concrete, industrial zoning,
railyards, soda cans, wild animals.’’ By LA-BOR (Jia Gu and Jonathan Crisman), 2015. Photograph by Monica Nouwens.

Urban Humanities and the Creative Practitioner

Dana Cuff Jennifer Wolch The flow of the Los Angeles River, ever-precarious and never navigable, attracted settlement along its shifting […]

Photograph courtesy of Margaret Crawford.

What Are the Urban Humanities?

Anthony Cascardi Michael Dear The efforts in research and teaching that fly under the flag of the “urban humanities” represent […]

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Vol. 6, No. 3, Fall 2016

URBAN HUMANITY Read the latest from Boom California, Volume 6, Number 3, Fall 2016.  All articles from this issue are free […]

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The Other LAPD

by Catherine Gudis Homeless and formerly incarcerated people making art in LA’s Skid Row From Boom Summer 2016, Vol 6, No 2 Based […]

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Proposition 47

by Marisa Arrona Reimagining justice, opportunity, and healing From Boom Summer 2016, Vol 6, No 2 Rochelle Solombrino was sixteen when she got […]

Photograph by Jasmine Curtis.

The Road to Private Prison Divestment

by Anthony Williams Inside the University of California student campaign From Boom Summer 2016, Vol 6, No 2 My first encounter with the […]