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Davis Mike Fortress LA Geography 100 Course Reader New York Vintage Books 1992 223-263Kaplan Robert Travels into Americas Future The Atlantic Monthly August 1998 37-61Queenan Joe Yo San Francisco Youre No LA Los Angeles Times Magazine October 25 1998 20-21The City of Angels to some Los Angeles is the embodiment of the American dream- a sort of west coast Statue of Liberty with opportunity at every corner and in every doorway The city of razzle-dazzle movie stars and Hollywoods walk of fame for nearly a century Los Angeles has been perceived as the town of dreams These are of course gross exaggerations as is the perception that Los Angeles is the city of ceaseless riots and brutal racism Naturally as in every urban city there is to an extent some truth in these myths and because of Los Angeles unprecedented size and diverse population it tends to be picked on more often than even New York Los Angeles is an anomaly- there is no other city in the world that could ever begin to rival it Because people often hate what they cannot explain writers especially love to tear Los Angeles apart A well written argument however will include an extensive examination of the topic from every side in Los Angeles there are many sides to examine and form an argument that persuades without alienating In his article Travels into Americas Future though initially relying on the cliche of Los Angeles as the embodiment of the American dream to catch the readers attentions writer Robert D Kaplan ultimately makes a convincing argument towards a positive perception of Los Angeles by examining the issues from many points of view putting his topic in context through the use of comparisons and by arguing subtly so as to make the reader forget he is being persuadedTo fully understand the common fallacies associated with Los Angeles and its surrounding areas one must first understand the diversity
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