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Old 06-26-2011, 11:51 PM
 
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Hi all,

Can someone who is familiar with Los Angeles history explain the pattern of growth? Which towns/areas were long-established, which were post WWII suburbs, when did they grow and why? I'm interested in learning about the history of my state, especially the parts I don't live in!
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:34 AM
 
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Entire books have been written on the subject and you want the synopsis......you could try google first!

The pueldo of Los Angeles was established in 1781 where Olvera Street is today (downtown LA). The pueblo was just that for many years....a tiny settlement until the late 1800's when the railroad came and tied LA to the rest of the nation.

So downtown was the epicenter for development at first. Development spread outward from there with places like Pasadena (est. late 1800's) being one of the first suburbs (along with other neighborhoods in the City of LA like West Adams or Echo Park).
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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I think most if not all of the current "mini CBDs" other than downtown and certain of the beach / port cities started out as ag towns.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:58 AM
 
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Los_Angeles
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:13 AM
 
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I guess what made the city becoming one of the fastest growing cities during that time because it advertised itself as the "white" spot of America. It was a magnet for Midwesterners during that time.
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:04 AM
 
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I guess what made the city becoming one of the fastest growing cities during that time because it advertised itself as the "white" spot of America. It was a magnet for Midwesterners during that time.
Ironically, during the "white spot" era Los Angeles was less white than San Francisco. (Very few blacks in pre-WW2 S.F.)

However, Los Angeles' whites at that time were mostly WASP while San Francisco's were mostly Catholic (and with more Jews and Orthodox Christians). To the proponents of the "white spot" idea that made a difference. S.F. had more white ethnics and was more welcoming of European immigrants (as was Oakland) ; in L.A., the WASPs were in charge, which appealed more to Lower Midwest types.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:37 AM
 
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I think even today, a large portion of white Angelinos are fairly recent transplants from the midwest.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:59 AM
 
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The other thing that WASPified LA was the strength of the cattle business in the early days. Cattle raising was long a WASP enterprise.
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:05 PM
 
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The other thing that WASPified LA was the strength of the cattle business in the early days. Cattle raising was long a WASP enterprise.
In Southern California, it was originally a Californio enterprise.
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:08 PM
 
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In Southern California, it was originally a Californio enterprise.
That's technically correct, I was referring to the late 1800s.
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