This 1906 federal law allowed a city that was then about 400,000 people to grow to about four million today.
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101 year-old Prop 7 was designed to give power to the people and the opportunity to practice direct democracy through initiatives and referendums.
The World War II hero most publicly associated with this law's passage is rumored to have, while sitting stuck in traffic, called himself a "numbskull" for doing so.
Despite the state spending fifty percent of its funds on road-building, traffic congestion was getting worse.
Thanks to a a 75 year old law, the mighty Los Angeles River is an exception to the-let's-look-at-our-waterways-rule.
In the rush to grab all the newly available transportation dollars, cities such as Los Angeles made a Faustian bargain.
The Federal Housing Administration played a dramatic role in shaping the design of post-war suburbs across America.