How Little Has Changed!

Julius Schulman's Los Angeles streetscape
From Mel Scott's 'Cities are for People' (1942)

Take a look at this view of the typical Los Angeles street from noted architectural photographer Julius Schulman. How little has changed! Schulman made his name picturing modernist gems of the Los Angeles area, homes by Richard Neutra and Gregory Ain, the Eichler tract houses, etc.. Here he turns his lens on the everyday. How painful it must have been coming barely a half-century after the City Beautiful Movement sought to banish such ‘unsightliness’ from the urban environment.  From Mel Scott’s 1942 book on planned developments, Cities are for People. (Read more in about today’s fight from exurbia.)

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