Will L.A. Have A Future Like 'Her' Or 'Elysium'?09:27

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Two recent movies sketch out two very different visions of the future of Los Angeles, the epitome of the sprawling, western city. There's the L.A. in the Oscar-winning movie "Her." And then there's the L.A. in the movie "Elysium."

Parts of "Her" were filmed in Shanghai; nobody seems to drive and people live and work in high-rise buildings. In "Elysium," run-down parts of Mexico City stand in for L.A.

Could L.A.'s future look like either one of these movies, if current trends continue?

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson asks Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, and Jon Christensen, editor of the quarterly journal Boom: A Journal of California and journalist-in-residence at UCLA.

Joaquin Phoenix is pictured in the film "Her."
Joaquin Phoenix is pictured in the film "Her."

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This segment aired on March 18, 2014.

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