Unbuilt Los Angeles: Elysian Park Heights

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Los Angeles Elysian Park Heights
Elysian Park Heights, as envisaged by architects Robert Alexander and Richard Neutra (Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research)

Los Angeles faced a housing shortage after the Second World War. City planners identified Chavez Ravine, just north of Downtown, for development. The plan was to build 3,600 new homes for low-income families. Existing residents, mainly Mexican Americans, were evicted to make way for what would be called Elysian Park Heights.

Architects Robert Alexander and Richard Neutra designed the plan, but it was shelved when public opinion turned against it. This was the height of the Red Scare and the housing project reeked to many of socialism. (The eviction of the poor Mexican Americans from the neighborhood bothered far fewer people.)

Today, the area remains unbuilt, with the exception of Dodger Stadium. Around it is a large public park.

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