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In the first decade of the 21st century, the Haynes Foundation supported Martin Krieger and his collaborators’ photographic and aural documentation of Los Angeles in a series of grants. A portion of that digitized photographic material is included in this collection documenting 800 storefront houses of worship, 225 industrial neighborhoods, and people at work at industrial sites in Los Angeles (including the Port, LAC-USC General Hospital, and many small firms). On his own, Krieger has extensively documented housing, infrastructure (including about 150 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power electrical stations), Boyle Heights, traffic and street life, commercial strips and ethnic markets, and people on transit and bus.

Krieger has categorized most of these materials in the hierarchical topics below.

Major topics Subtopic headings Subtopics
Aural Public Life -- on the bus, worship, the streets, in commerce, etc. -- Transit
Events (auto accident, movies?) Events (auto accident, movies?)
Immigration Rally
Transit Bus
Built Environment -- Housing, Neighborhoods (e.g. Boyle Heights; Goodyear Tract for industry) -- Pico-Robertson
Boyle Heights Boyle Heights
Buildings ICREDCO
Houses Houses and Corners
MDUs and PUDs
Palaces (Beverly Hills and elsewhere teardowns and mansionettes), Pickups and Tercels outside for construction folks
Residential/Industrial
Tented, Wrapped Houses and Buildings
Commerce Commercial strip (everyday strips, sometimes only a block long) Markets (lots more earlier -- Stores?)
Stores
Stores, Santee
Commerce -- districts, ethnic, bazaars, shopping areas/streets Commercial Strip (e.g. Melrose, Sunset Plaza, and more everyday strips, sometimes only a block long) Commercial Strips
Eateries (lots more earlier…)
Ethnically Marked Commercial Districts or Businesses (nails, kids clothes, …)
Shopping (including Super 8 films)
Streets and behind streets Alameda (and Alameda Corridor) -- including going down Alameda and blocks to the West of it
Exposition Blvd.
Freeway, edges of
Lots, empty
Mattress cars
Street and Home Sound
Streets
Trees (along Burton Way…)
Urban Botany
Infrastructure -- DWP, utility corridors, the City Inscribed by USA markers, surey benchmarks… DWP DWP
Infrastructure (telephone and utility poles, etc.) Antenna farms
Helicopter
Utility Markings
People at work: Manufacturing, industry, the Port, County General Hospital -- Nodding Donkeys -- Oil
-- Ports
Infrastructure (telephone and utility poles, etc.) Remediation Machinery at Gas Stations
Inside Industry Auto Glass
Automobile Body Shops
Construction
Furniture Manufacturing
Hospital
Huntington Tract
Industrial Sites
Industrial Streets
Metal Plating Places
Swapmeet
Quiet and Ambience -- Quiet
-- Sound Sites
Streets -- Traffic, along a street (Alameda, Broadway), Street Life -- Boston
-- NY Streets
-- Paris
-- Tijuana
Traffic (includes Super 8 movies) Traffic
Worship, and Storefront Houses of Worship Churches, SHOWLA SHOW
-- Exhibits in Lewis Hall Gallery Exhibits

The physical material is housed in the Regional History Archives of the University of Southern California and numbers tens of thousands of images as well as hundreds of aural recordings.

Martin H. Krieger is Professor of Planning at the University of Southern California's School of Policy, Planning, and Development. He is the author of several books, including Urban Tomographies (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) and What's Wrong with Plastic Trees? Artifice and Authenticity in Design (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2000).

 

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