Samuel Krueger set out to locate the borders of Los Angeles' urban core for his master's thesis in geography studies at the University of Southern California. Using an algorithm, he determined where the L.A. area has pockets of "urban amenities," such as restaurants, theaters and museums, and called the resulting oddly shaped area the "Santa Monica/Wilshire Corridor," for the major roadways running through it. Though it does not look like a traditional city center, the area functions as such, he suggests. "Great cities of the world define themselves," Krueger said.
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