[Â Editor's Note:Â The following is a reader-submitted comment from the AN Blog in response to the post, â€œGehry Lets Loose on Los Angeles, Downtown Ambitions,â€ which cites an interview Frank Gehry did withÂ Los Angeles Magazine. ItÂ appeared as aÂ letter to the editorÂ in a recent print edition,Â AN07_08.14.2013. Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper.Â ANÂ welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please emailÂ email@example.com.Â ]
The only thing that makes Los Angeles unique is that so much of it wasÂ built during the auto era (albeit on anÂ infrastructural framework establishedÂ during the interurban rail era). Different parts of Los Angeles were developedÂ in a manner that was identical to how other cities across North America were being developed at the same time. The sameÂ succession of transportation, construction, and development technologies createdÂ a downtown in Los Angeles that is nearly indistinguishable from portions of San Francisco, Chicago, and Manhattan.