Join Robert A. (Ray) Young
Professor of Geography & Urban Planning
California State University, Fullerton
Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m.
IVC Performing Arts Center Main Stage
Dessert Reception with Dr. Young following lecture
Tickets may be picked up in advance at the IVC PAC Box Office
Free parking in lot 5
Come hear Dr. Robert A. (Ray) Young discuss: The suburbia that defined Orange County, California, through the second half of the 20th century has reached middle age. The region’s widely-held image as the iconic affluent suburban paradise contrasts sharply with today’s landscape realities. Selected elements of a classic suburbia do persist, such as a consumption-driven “Shopland,” coastal “Playland,” politically conservative “Nixonia,” and repetitive housing design in “Tractlands.” However, those are limiting characterizations, not fully supported by contemporary realities.
Orange County today reveals the New Metropolis of the 21st century, an economically powerful, demographically diverse, and politically evolving realm that is increasingly detached from the shadows of Los Angeles. This paper examines the suburban legacy of Orange County and its current contrasts, which signal a growing regional independence and considerable internal variation, with ever-stronger globalization linkages. Quests for social community and redefinitions of local identities are revealed in multiple forms across this vibrant region.