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)

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)

The Los Angeles River was actually a river! This is before the concrete levies were put in. http://hiddenlosangeles.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/CHS-2008.jpg

The Los Angeles River was actually a river! This is before the concrete levies were put in. http://hiddenlosangeles.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/CHS-2008.jpg

To build Dodger Stadium, construction crews reshaped the hills around Chavez Ravine, as seen in this photo taken on May 25, 1960. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection, USC Libraries.

To build Dodger Stadium, construction crews reshaped the hills around Chavez Ravine, as seen in this photo taken on May 25, 1960. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection, USC Libraries.

The Figueroa Street tunnels under construction, 1930. These tunnels now house the northbound lanes of the Arroyo Parkway.

The Figueroa Street tunnels under construction, 1930. These tunnels now house the northbound lanes of the Arroyo Parkway.

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.

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.

Oil wells on the beach in Summerland, just east of Santa Barbara, circa 1901-03. [USC Libraries - California Historical Society Collection] -- Los Angeles Was Once a Forest of Oil Derricks

Los Angeles Was Once a Forest of Oil Derricks

Oil wells on the beach in Summerland, just east of Santa Barbara, circa 1901-03. [USC Libraries - California Historical Society Collection] -- Los Angeles Was Once a Forest of Oil Derricks

Livery Stable at First and Broadway where the Chamber was founded in 1888 is now the present site of Los Angeles County Law Library. (L.A. Area Chamber collection)

Livery Stable at First and Broadway where the Chamber was founded in 1888 is now the present site of Los Angeles County Law Library. (L.A. Area Chamber collection)

1910 aerial looking northeast across glendale towards eagle rock, eagle rock is visible at the far right of center by gsjansen, via Flickr

1910 aerial looking northeast across glendale towards eagle rock, eagle rock is visible at the far right of center by gsjansen, via Flickr

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.

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.

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