This is what futurists in 1988 thought Los Angeles would look like today

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In 1988 the Los Angeles Times Magazine published “L.A. 2013: A Special Report.” Written by Nicole Yorkin, the article takes a look at what daily life might look like for a typical Angeleno in the year 2013 — then 25 years away. It’s a fascinating read both for what it gets correct as well as where it misses the mark. Futurists and experts in urban planning, technology, and architecture help paint a portrait of a world where “Smart House” wiring systems allow everything in a home to be run automatically, from heating systems to kitchen appliances. Toothpaste, the article predicts, will have been replaced in favor of a mouth rinse that performs the same function, while teleconferencing will be common in an effort to cut down on traffic…

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