Housing Problems in Los Angeles, July 1913

by Paul R. Spitzzeri During periods of economic prosperity, especially in cities where migration is heavy, one of the many social problems that can arise is the question of the availability and affordability of adequate housing.  Today, in greater Los Angeles, the situation involves inventory supply, rising prices, gentrification, affordability, housing quality, and, for growing... Continue Reading →

The Annual Statistical Report of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 1914-1915

by Paul R. Spitzzeri While they can sometimes be mind-numbing in their content, government reports are often very useful in understanding what was going on in a given region at a particular point in time.  As Los Angeles County experienced dramatic, sustained growth in the first few decades of the 20th century, a notable way... Continue Reading →

Take It on Faith: The Centennial of Aimee Semple McPherson’s Arrival to the City of Angels

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In yesterday's Los Angeles Times, writer Gary Krist penned a very interesting essay in the Op-Ed section titled "Sister Salvation" commemorating the centennial of the arrival of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson in Los Angeles.  It happens that Krist's book, The Mirage Factory: Ilusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles, was published just... Continue Reading →

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