In making war with nature, there was risk of loss in winning
In The Control of Nature: Los Angeles Against the Mountains, John McPhee highlights LA County’s delicate position at the base of the quickly rising, and eroding, San Gabriel Mountains. He chronicles the battle between the Los Angeles Flood Control District and the ever consistent debris flows that sweep down from mountain valleys. In doing so, he elucidates the absurdity of building practices that challenge the mountains to a sort of war. Rio made LA’s encroachment on the San Gabriels look timid.