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Los Angeles: Past, Present, and Future

Introductory graphic, Los Angeles: Past, Present, and Future

Provides 21 links to archival collections—mostly residing at the University of Southern California—on a variety of topics in the history of Los Angeles, in addition to 30 links on the city's present-day civic and cultural resources, and 10 links pertaining to future problems and visions. Historical materials—including photographs, resource guides, and essays—can be found on subjects such as the discovery and settlement of the city; California missions; electric power; 16 "murders, crimes, and scandals"; selected neighborhoods and sections; cemeteries; Disneyland; African-American gangs; and the nostalgically remembered Red Car lines, a once-viable public transportation system of electric streetcars that predated the city's congested freeways. Essays range in length from a few sentences to more than 2,000 words. Valuable for those studying urban history, ethnic history, and the transformation of the American West.