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Seeing Los Angeles Through My Mother’s Eyes

Seeing Los Angeles Through My Mother's Eyes

My mother was born in 1924. She grew up in Los Angeles, sometimes living in the city proper, sometimes in an outlying area. Her LA is vastly different from the LA I see in my minds eye. The LA I see is a crush of freeways, traffic, and bad tempered drivers. The freeway transitions are always jammed, the bridges and signs covered with graffiti, and parking costs more than lunch. Mom’s LA was before freeways. It was a wonder world of streetcars, the Big Red Cars and the yellow line, …

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