"The gardens of history are being replaced by the sites of time." Robert Smithson
About This Issue: One of the reasons for relocating The Center's main offices to Los Angeles recently was because of the incredible variety and array of unusual and interesting land use phenomena in the Southern California region, and the huge population to be served (20 million!). Since the move, efforts have been made to examine this environment, and much of this research will be presented to the public through the Hinterland projects introduced and described in this issue of The Lay of the Land. Hinterland projects include an exhibit and bus tour program taking place this summer, as well as a book we expect to publish this winter and an on-line regional database. Some of the sites uncovered in the Hinterland are also featured in this issue.