Intersections

Riding the Big Red Car: Work, Leisure, and Community in Multiethnic L.A.

A look at the history of the Pacific Electric Red Cars and its ability to ferry working class and communities of color to their jobs and cheap amusements provides a useful primer for the future of Los Angeles transit.

About the Author

Ryan Reft has a PhD in urban history from the University of California San Diego. He is co-editor of the blog Tropics of Meta.
RSS icon

Recent Stories
Surfing for Freedom: Black Surfers and Reclaiming Cultural History in Los Angeles

Surfing for Freedom: Black Surfers and Reclaiming Cultural History in Los Angeles

Popular culture has long portrayed surfing as a sort of reservoir of bohemian, along with a large helping of agro-masculinity and whiteness. Yet, if one traces its origins you find ...
California Triangulation: Science, Religion, Industry, and the Birth of the Research Park

California Triangulation: Science, Religion, Industry, and the Birth of the Research Park

While undoubtedly influential and important, Northern California's Silicon Valley's rise rests heavily on its Southern California predecessor -- Caltech. Even today, this history r ...
Sporting Golden State: Women and Athletics in 20th Century California

Sporting Golden State: Women and Athletics in 20th Century California

Before and after 1972 when Title IX radically altered American sport, California and its female athletes have been and continue to be a forerunner regarding issues of gender, race, ...
Working to Play, Playing to Work: Mexican American Baseball and Labor in Southern California

Working to Play, Playing to Work: Mexican American Baseball and Labor in Southern California

Baseball enabled Mexican Americans to create connections that helped buoy working class communities, and even contributed to unionization efforts amid widespread discrimination.
Filing the Lane, Here and Abroad: Filipino American Identity and Basketball

Filing the Lane, Here and Abroad: Filipino American Identity and Basketball

At home in the U.S. and abroad, basketball continues to occupy a central place in Filipino American lives.
Masculinity, Femininity, and Asian American Basketball in 20th Century California

Masculinity, Femininity, and Asian American Basketball in 20th Century California

Asian American basketball leagues have given shape to the unique histories of each ethnic group living under the flattening designation of "Asian American."
Diamonds Separated by Oceans: Baseball, Japanese Americans, and Southern California's Pacific Rim

Diamonds Separated by Oceans: Baseball, Japanese Americans, and Southern California's Pacific Rim

For Japanese Americans, baseball played a critical role in shaping an ethnic identity and promoting civil rights.
Home on the California Range: Ranch Housing in Postwar America

Home on the California Range: Ranch Housing in Postwar America

The bohemian aesthetic of the "bungalow boom" gave way to the ranch house, as popularized by architect Cliff May, the "Father of American Ranch Houses."
All Articles Mapped