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Los Angeles vs. Berlin

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Zócalo's Public Square blog reports back on their Los Angeles vs. Berlin: How Should New Cities Deal with Their Pasts? panel held last night in Berlin (moderated by the Getty's Peter Tokofsky and co-hosted by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West). Architecture and urban planning experts discussed the differences and similarities between the sister cities; notably LA-based architect Roger Sherman said some funny things about hip hop: "Los Angeles is entirely unapologetic about borrowing when it needs to...It’s like hip hop — pick and choose what style you want on the basis of what your marketing team tells you. It’s Disneyland as an urban model." Listen here. [The Public Square, image via]