Jerald Podair's City of Dreams:

Dodger Stadium & the Birth of modern la

in conversation with peter o'malley and Darryl Holter

When Walter O'Malley moved his Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1957 with plans to construct a new ballpark next to downtown, he ignited a bitter argument over the future of a rapidly changing city.


For the first time, City of Dreams tells the full story of the controversial building of Dodger Stadium—and how it helped create modern Los Angeles by transforming its downtown into a vibrant cultural and entertainment center.

In a vivid narrative, Jerald Podair tells how Los Angeles was convulsed between 1957 and 1962 over whether, where, and how to build Dodger Stadium.


Competing civic visions clashed. Would Los Angeles be a decentralized, low-tax city of neighborhoods, as demanded by middle-class whites on its peripheries? Or would the baseball park be the first contribution to a revitalized downtown that would brand Los Angeles as a national and global city, as advocated by leaders in business, media, and entertainment?

Also present for the in discussion will be Chevalier's own Darryl Holter. Darryl Holter is CEO of The Shammas Group, a group of family-owned businesses in Downtown LA. He is an Adjunct Professor in History at USC and has authored several books on labor relations. His most recent book is Woody Guthrie in LA, 1939-1941

In discussion with Jerald will be former Los Angeles Dodgers' owner Peter O'Malley. He was President of the Dodgers from 1970 until 1998 and owned the club from 1979 until 1998. O'Malley was credited with running a respectable and highly professional franchise, including two World Series Victories in 1981 and 1988. His father, Walter O'Malley, brought baseball to the West Coast by moving the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958, sparking the construction of the one-of-a-kind Dodger Stadium.