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Los Angeles in the 1930s returns to print an invaluable document of Depression-era Los Angeles, illuminating a pivotal moment in L.A.’s history, when writers like Raymond Chandler, Nathanael West, and F. Scott Fitzgerald were creating the images and associations—and the mystique—for which the City of Angels is still known. Many books in one, Los Angeles in the 1930s is both a genial guide and an addictively readable history, revisiting the Spanish colonial period, the Mexican period, the brief California ...
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Los Angeles in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City of Angels

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Overview

Los Angeles in the 1930s returns to print an invaluable document of Depression-era Los Angeles, illuminating a pivotal moment in L.A.’s history, when writers like Raymond Chandler, Nathanael West, and F. Scott Fitzgerald were creating the images and associations—and the mystique—for which the City of Angels is still known. Many books in one, Los Angeles in the 1930s is both a genial guide and an addictively readable history, revisiting the Spanish colonial period, the Mexican period, the brief California Republic, and finally American sovereignty. It is also a compact coffee table book of dazzling monochrome photography. These whose haunting visions suggest the city we know today and illuminate the booms and busts that marked L.A.’s past and continue to shape its future.
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Like other WPA divisions, the Federal Writers Project was designed to create jobs and income for artists during America's Great Depression. What this improvised project achieved however went far beyond its "make work" origins. The WPA Guides to America's states and cities remain monuments to pivotal moments in our local histories. These welcome, excellently edited University of California Press paperback versions of the guides will introduce these classics to a new generation of readers. Each volume contains a new introduction that describes the original book project and the city.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520948860
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • File size: 15 MB
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The Federal Writers Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) not only provided jobs and income to writers during the Depression, it created for America an astounding series of detailed and richly evocative guides, recounting the stories and histories of the 48 states (plus Alaska Territory and Puerto Rico) and many of the country’s major cities. David Kipen served for five years as Director of Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he led the Big Read initiative, and for seven years as book editor and book critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. He operates a lending library/used book store in Los Angeles called Libros Schmibros, and he is also the author of The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History and translator of Cervantes’ The Dialogue of the Dogs.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Maps xiii

The WPA Guide to Renaissance Florence, or a Writer's Paradise David Kipen xix

Preface 1941 xxxi

General Information xxxiii

Hotel and Other Accommodations xli

Restaurants xliii

Night Clubs xlvii

Recreational Facilities li

Calendar of Annual Events lvii

Part I Los Angeles: A General Survey

The Contemporary Scene 3

Natural Setting 10

Pueblo to Metropolis 24

Education 61

Religion 67

The Movies 73

Radio 98

The Arts 103

The Business of Pleasure 134

Part II Los Angeles Points of Interest

Downtown Los Angeles 145

The Industrial Section 161

The North and East Sections 169

The Northwest Section 176

The Wilshire and West Sections 181

The Southwest Section 187

Part III Neighboring Cities

Beverly Hills 197

Glendale 206

The Harbor: San Pedro and Wilmington 214

Hollywood 227

Long Beach and Signal Hill 238

Pasadena 254

Santa Monica 265

Part IV The Country Around Los Angeles

Tour 1 Los Angeles-San Marino-Arcadia-Monrovia-Azusa-Claremont-Upland-San Bernardino-Arrowhead Hot Springs-Lake Arrowhead-Big Bear Lake-Pine Knot Village [N. Main St., Macy St., Mission Rd., Huntington Dr., N., US 66, State 18] 277

Tour 1A South Pasadena - Pasadena - Flintride - La Canada - Mount Wilson Observatory [Fair Oaks Ave., Atlanta St., Arroyo Dr., La Canada - Verdugo Rd., State 118, Foothill Blvd., Haskell St., Angeles Crest Highway, State 2, Mount Wilson Rd.] 295

Tour 1B Azusa-Angeles National Forest-Pine Flats-Crystal Lake [State 39, Crystal Lake Rd.] 301

Tour 2 Los Angeles-Monterey Park-Pomona-Ontario-Colton - Redlands - Beaumont - Banning - Palm Springs - Cathedral City-Indio [N. Main St., Aliso St., Ramona Blvd., US 99, State 111] 305

Tour 3 Los Angeles - Alhambra - El Monte - Puente - Pomona-Ontario-Riverside-Perris-Elsinore-Corona-Anaheim - Norwalk - Downey - Southgate - Los Angeles [Valley Blvd., US 60, US 395, State 71, State 18, State 10, Alameda St.] 321

Tour 4 Los Angeles - Belvedere - Montebello - Whittier - Fullerton - Anaheim-Santa Ana-Tustin-Irvine-Capistrano-Doheny Park [US 101] 339

Tour 5 Los Angeles-Culver City-Venice-Redondo-Wilmington-Long Beach-Seal Beach-Huntington Beach-Newport-Balboa-Laguna Beach-Doheny Park [Washington Blvd., Venice Speedway, Vista del Mar, US 101A] 351

Tour 5A Wilmington-Santa Catalina Island [By Boat] 367

Tour 6 Los Angeles - Hollywood - Sherman Oaks - Tarzana - Girard - Topanga Canyon-Topanga Beach-Castellammare-Santa Monica [US 101, Sunset Blvd., Cahuenga Ave., Ventura Blvd., Topanga Canyon Rd., US 101A] 379

Tour 7 Los Angeles - Burbank - San Fernando - Palmdale - Big Pines-San Bernardino [US 6, State 138, Big Pines Rd., US 66] 387

Part V Appendices

Chronology 405

Selective Bibliography 413

Index 421

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