People going to the Association of American Geographers in Los Angeles in 2013 may be interested in this book. Entitled A People’s Guide to Los Angeles, it has recently been published by University of California Press.
The book backcover blurb explains:
A People’s Guide to Los Angeles offers an assortment of eye-opening alternatives to L.A.’s usual tourist destinations. It documents 115 little-known sites in the City of Angels where struggles related to race, class, gender, and sexuality have occurred. They introduce us to people and events usually ignored by mainstream media and, in the process, create a fresh history of Los Angeles. Roughly dividing the city into six regions—North Los Angeles, the Eastside and San Gabriel Valley, South Los Angeles, Long Beach and the Harbor, the Westside, and the San Fernando Valley—this illuminating guide shows how power operates in the shaping of places, and how it remains embedded in the landscape.
The Los Angeles Review of Books has been running a series of pieces by the authors on the book (here, here, here and here); and a podcast interview. LA Weekly also has a review here. Thanks to Andrew Burridge for the links.