A Clear Blue Vision: L.A. Light Rail Transit and Twenty Five Years of the Blue Line

The Blue Line is one of the most used light rail in the nation. With its 25th anniversary on the horizon this July, a look back at its creation proves a useful means to think about L.A.'s transit past, present, and future.

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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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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."
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.
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