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The Lakewood Plan: Homeownership, Taxes, and Diversity in Postwar Suburbia

The city of Lakewood pioneered city contracting for public services, establishing a controversial model replicated by countless other suburbs in Los Angeles and beyond.

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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.
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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."
Bungling Across America: The Bungalow in Southern California and Beyond

Bungling Across America: The Bungalow in Southern California and Beyond

In the early twentieth century, the bungalow dominated bourgeoisie and working class visions of the American dream, and Southern California's climate and landscape provided the per ...
Diving into Integration: Sammy Lee, Historical Memory, and the Complexity of Housing Segregation in Cold War California

Diving into Integration: Sammy Lee, Historical Memory, and the Complexity of Housing Segregation in Cold War California

Even with the clearest of minds, personal and historical memory ebb and flow. Recollections of our own past and that of the society around us often become shaped by current circums ...
Noiring L.A.: Mildred Pierce, The Reckless Moment, and Reinforcing Postwar Suburban Gender Roles

Noiring L.A.: Mildred Pierce, The Reckless Moment, and Reinforcing Postwar Suburban Gender Roles

Handful of early film noirs placed mothers and women at their center, pushing back against noir restraints, but still reinforcing domestic, gender, and racial normatives of the day ...
Noiring L.A.: The Crimson Kimono and Asian American Sexuality in the Age of the Cold War

Noiring L.A.: The Crimson Kimono and Asian American Sexuality in the Age of the Cold War

Fuller's 1959 film took a very different approach from other film noir of the 1950s, and serves as useful text from which to consider changes to the genre and Southern California's ...
Noiring L.A.: Double Indemnity, Black Dahlia, and the Fears of Postwar America

Noiring L.A.: Double Indemnity, Black Dahlia, and the Fears of Postwar America

Noir made L.A. the city intellectuals loved to hate, yet perversely for European intellects, notably those hailing from France and Britain, this only deepened the fascination.
Not Bowling Alone: How the Holiday Bowl in Crenshaw Became an Integrated Leisure Space

Not Bowling Alone: How the Holiday Bowl in Crenshaw Became an Integrated Leisure Space

The bowling alley, which was demolished in 2003, served as an integrated leisure space where African, Mexican, and Asian Americans could interact.
The Shifting Cultures of Multiracial Boyle Heights

The Shifting Cultures of Multiracial Boyle Heights

Los Angeles of the 1920s remained a segregated landscape, many neighborhoods boasted a diverse non-white population consisting of Latino, Asian, African American faces.
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