Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s by Tom Sitton

By Tom Sitton

Los Angeles got here of age within the Nineteen Twenties. the good growth of that decade gave form to the L.A. of this present day: its great suburban sprawl and reliance at the motor vehicle, its prominence as a monetary and business middle, and the increase of Hollywood because the movie capital of the area. This number of unique essays explores the making of the la city in this amazing decade. The authors learn the city's racial, political, cultural, and business dynamics, making this quantity a vital advisor to realizing the increase of la as the most very important towns within the world.

These essays exhibit the paintings of a brand new new release of students who're turning their recognition to the heritage of the town of Angels to create a richer, extra designated photo of our city previous. The essays offer a desirable examine lifestyles within the new suburbs, within the oil fields, within the motion picture studios, at church, and on the polling position as they reconceptualize the origins of latest city difficulties and promise in l. a. and past. including to its curiosity, the quantity is illustrated with interval images, a lot of which has now not been released before.

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17 The FHA enumerators situated this expansion in industry and output in a state and national context. Data for 1919 and 1929 show a significant increase for the Los Angeles industrial area (the same as Los Angeles County) relative to the remainder of California. We find this in terms of the number of wage earners employed (up from 25 percent of the state total in 1919 to 37 percent in 1929), the percentage of the total number of manufacturing establishments in the state (from 29 percent to 40 percent), and the value of product (21 percent to 40 percent).

33 Bromley Oxnam envisioned the city's emergent status and asserted it succinctly in a diary entry following his visit to the 1922 Pageant of Progress at Exposition Park. "From the moment one enters . . to the last, after miles and miles of exhibits, the bewildering progress of manufacturing Los Angeles is before the eyes. A generation ago we bought everything from the East. "34 This shift in perception and changing practice signaled the emergence of Los Angeles as the epicenter of a city-centered region whose entrepreneurs and financiers would exercise influence over dependent territories.

60 Homebuilders in the 19308 capitalized on the FHA's mortgage guarantee program to secure financing for projects with increasing numbers of units. The FHA also endorsed and institutionalized a set of building practices and planning principles that Southern California homebuilders had hammered out during the igaos. 61 This was but a single aspect of one of the most intensive and comprehensive episodes in the long history of federal intervention in the West and California. These New Deal policies and programs for infrastructure and housing were put into service almost immediately with the escalation of armed conflict in Europe and Asia and the eventual entry of the United States into World War II.

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