Notes on the Geography of The Western United States: Los Angeles 3: Photo 11
Six or seven miles southeast of Watts is Lakewood, incorporated in 1954. This was a post-war venture of three builders who came from Long Beach and Norwalk. Their investment logic was simple: Douglas Aircraft Company had a huge Long Beach plant, and its workers needed housing. In 1949 the three builders borrowed heavily from the Prudential Life Insurance Company and spent $9 million on 3,500 ranch-land acres.
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