Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ethan N. Elkind's "Railtown," the movie

Featured at My Book, The Movie: Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City by Ethan N. Elkind.

The entry begins:
Railtown presents a history of the modern urban rail system in Los Angeles, so it features many current and recent leaders in the entertainment capital. The early story focuses on Tom Bradley, the grandson of former slaves who was elected mayor of Los Angeles in 1973 -- one of the first African American mayors of a major city. Bradley was a determined and passionate leader, but politically he was cautious and sometimes taciturn, earning the nickname “The Sphinx.” Terrence Howard might capture Bradley’s dignity, affability, and calculating nature well.

Current U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman figures in the story as someone who tries to stop rail in Los Angeles at the last minute, for less-than-admirable reasons. He ultimately relents but not until doing serious damage to the system’s effectiveness. Paul...[read on]
Learn more about the book and author at Ethan N. Elkind's website and Twitter perch.

My Book, The Movie: Railtown.

--Marshal Zeringue