Photograph. "Los Angeles, 8/27/52 -- The city of Los Angeles became the first city on the west coast to use natural rubber roads when a Bureau of Street Maintenance crew started putting down a stretch of this type highway at the corner of Figueroa Street and Venice Boulevard. -- This particular road laying is attacting nation-wide attention in that it is being done in conjunction with the 58th Annual Public Works Congress being held in Los Angeles this week. -- Actually the visiting officials from all parts of the country, who are watching the operation with keen interest, will not see anything very different than the laying of an average road. The same equipment and techniques are used as though it were a road without rubber. The difference is in the performance. According to Mr. Harry K. Fisher, engineer from the Natural Rubber Bureau, Washington D.C. who acted as consultant to the City of Los Angeles in today's project, rubber roads give every indication of lasting longer with less repair. -- Mr. Fisher pointed out, 'The natural rubber particles used in the Los Angeles strip of rubber road are the same type as those used in a Dutch road just outside of Amsterdam that has now been down for about 15 years with no repairs whatsoever.'" -- typed noted attached to verso.; Streetscape. Horizontal photography.