February, 1936 "El Monte federal subsistence homesteads. Seventeen dollars and seventy cents rent to apply on purchase of three-room house." (Photo by Dorothea Lange, courtesy of the Library of Congress)
A residential strip demolished to build the 405 Freeway. This 1957 view is to the south. The two streets paralleling the demolition zone are Cotner on the left and Beloit on the right. The first foreground cross-street is Ohio, and the diagonal street two blocks south is a remarkably quiet Santa Monica Boulevard. The big white, two-story building at the lower left is Verizon today. It is painfully obvious from this picture how freeways permanently divide neighborhoods.
1907)^ - Panoramic view of Hollywood in 1907, looking southeast from Franklin Avenue near Orange Drive. Hollywood High School is in the center of the photo, facing Highland Avenue, with vacant lands beyond. The Hollywood Hotel is at left, facing Hollywood Blvd. Orchid Street is at left. Quite a few houses are seen, and electric power poles line the streets.