The Black Panther Party Headquarters and Other Invisible Places

August 13, 2012. Los Angeles Review of Books.

“WHY SHOULD WE visit invisible places?” someone asked at a recent bookstore event. We had just mentioned a site for a building that never actually existed: the vast industrial lot at the edge of downtown that was the location of the proposed East Los Angeles Prison, which in the late 1980s was successfully defeated by the Mothers of East L.A., a community group. There are many “invisible places” in our book — sites where structures that once existed have changed or been destroyed or, as in the case of the proposed prison, never existed at all.

So why visit? For one, just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there anymore.

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