The thesis here is that Los Angeles is the forthcoming world supercommunity, the physically largest and most populated city, and that the advantages of its greatness will outweigh what often appears today as L.A.'s decadence. Chapman is only a recent Angelino, but he has the enthusiasm of the convert and views the city as the prism of future culture. Much of the worst of L.A. is unfortunately public, in its crowded downtown district which can no longer bear the weight of traffic given it. (Thus come the cultural cramps and moral charley-horses reported abroad say as distant as San Francisco, a town that loves to bait L.A.) Except for the fog, fags, and the wife-swapping, the Chapman report clears L.A. It is a multiplicity of cities and can't be judged by the notoriety of its lesser parts. Its reach is extensive and your dollar rides farthest in real estate. Jack Lemmon is a widely featured commentator in these pages and speaks in his most sociological organ tones.... Chapman ignores certain things in his metropolitan megalomania--or the omissions of an optimist.