Smile Southern California -- You're the Center of the Universe -- The Economy & People of a Global Region by James Flanigan, foreword by Richard Riordan, Stanford General Books '09, 192 pages, ISBN #0804756252. Index, no bibliography, source notes, b&w images sprinkled through text.
For more than a half-century, journalist James Flanigan has written of smoggy, cloggy Southern California, a region of 22 million people with an economy larger than all but ten countries in the world. But to survive and prosper, the author says, it must make some fundamental changes in its lifestyle.
First, he'd consign the notion of "freeways" to history by charging user tolls to help pay for them, focus population growth along transportation corridors served by mass transit rather than expressways, and capitalize on the fact that Southern California has been able to assimilate diverse ethnicities (witness Latino and Chinese influxes of recent decades) with a minimum of discord. Rodney King, call your office.
Flanigan has written for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Forbes and has covered economies of countries from Europe to Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.