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Lec 13 - LA Reinvents the City Lecture 13 • Suburban City...

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3/16/06 LA Reinvents the City Lecture 13 Suburban City o City of Homes Single family, detached, single story houses (bungalows) Homeownership high 90% US is around 70% with 50% during WWII Low cost land + low cost labor = cheap houses Good incomes + ample finance = high demand Different housing styles Street car houses Porches to shade from the sun Mission/Mediterranean Revival Pueblo Style o Flat roof, tar asphalt roofs 50s small house with tar shingles ` Mid-century Modernism brought upon huge cement driveways and garages to accommodate cars o City of Cars Streetcars before autos By Pacific Electric Railway Big conspiracy that GM, Firestone tires, Standard oil bought out the street cars and ripped them up. Streetcars go much faster than horses or by foot o So the city can spread out more and cheaper houses Southern California Automobile Club of 1900s brought upon the age of automobiles 1908 – Ford invents the assembly line (Model T) 1915 – LA leads the country in car ownership (55,00) AAA was created in San Francisco and with LA, became a huge car association
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