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I’m a writer and educator whose work has been published in a variety of academic and popular arenas. I currently serve as the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the University of Southern California and as an adjunct associate professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and School of Architecture where I teach classes on urban planning and preservation. My blog, called the LAvenuesProject, uses the thousands of mundane decisions that define the look and feel of LA streets to talk about the long history of the city as a planned environment. I’m currently at work on a book about the history of the Los Angeles Civic Center and a novel set in Los Angeles at the turn of the twentieth century.