chapter  6
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Notes on Southern California

WithNathan Glazer

A clean, simple line prevails in Southern California, enlivened by color in materials, by tasteful landscaping, and interesting patterns in wood–exuberance is now generally limited to the gardens and the planing. The new building is much better and bolder than the old–as compared with much of the rest of the country, where the new building is often worse than the old. The best buildings tend to be the public ones–the schools and colleges and universities, the motels and shopping centers. The Federal government contributes more than roads to Southern California. It contributes the water by its irrigation works; it helps to provide cheap electricity with its great dams, and cheap electricity keeps things cleaner, signs brighter, and leads to the widespread phenomenon of stores being lit up all night–all adding to the festive air. Life is hard and life is earnest, and there are coal miners and steelworkers and auto workers and textile mill operatives–but not in Los Angeles.