Essay on Hines’ Article Triggers Response

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A journal article’s goal is to inform the reader of a subject, but it also attempts to conjure a response or thought of any kind. “Housing, Baseball, and Creeping Socialism The Battle of Chavez Ravine, Los Angeles, 1949-1959” by Thomas S. Hines causes a reaction from the start by failing to include an abstract to aid the reader. Had I not had a background in Chavez Ravine, this would be a crucial negligence. Once the essay begins, Hines delves straight into Chavez Ravine, the architects behind the housing project there, and the socialist controversy that doomed the project, provoking a number of responses from me ranging from frustration to sympathy. From the very first sentence, Hines plunges into the article as if the reader already…show more content…
Hines continues his three pages on the architect alone by describing his project Channel Heights’s relation to Chavez Ravine: “Its shopping center, schools, and community buildings […] comprised all in all […] a fine response to the hilly site of coastal ravines” (Hines 126-127). An additional three pages are devoted to Alexander and to why he was chosen for the project of Chavez Ravine, which was to be renamed Elysian Park Heights. Hines discusses his work on Baldwin Hills Village similar to Channel Heights. Again, no purpose for including this background is clear. Hines does not even relate back to Chavez Ravine until he writes, “Alexander was appointed in 1945 to the Los Angeles City Planning Commission” which led him to the project of restoring Chavez Ravine (Hines 128-129). Finally, after six pages, Hines connects to the architects and to Chavez Ravine when he states that Alexander chooses Neutra as his partner. At this point, Hines is now well into the article and still has not established a clear, controlling purpose. This is extremely irritating because it seems he is just reciting collected information. Though Hines draws out the section about the architects’ plans, the descriptions of Chavez Ravine’s architectural redesign demonstrate the architects’ hope to keep the community in mind. Hines emphasizes this point because of his implied sympathy for the community. He includes a quote from
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