"Never Built Los Angeles"

Here's a strange and wonderful city you're never going to see in person, so you might as well buy this new coffee table book. "Never Built Los Angeles," by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, is an exploration of about 100 grand L.A. ideas that never got built. Some of these phantoms you may vaguely know, such as Walt Disney's rejected plan for a theme park in Burbank (before he moved the idea to Anaheim); or the Olmsted brothers' failed 1930 proposal for a series of parks along the L.A. River (before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entombed it in concrete). But mostly, these assiduously illustrated schemes and dreams will be revelations to you — sometimes cruel news, sometimes welcome relief.

Info: $55, http://www.metropolisbooks.com

— C.R.

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