CALIFORNIA: Fire in the Wind

To the millions who surged westward to Los Angeles County after World War II, and to the millions who grew up and proliferated there, the California Way of Life was based on two prime elements: a house of their own and a car (or two). To keep pace with the dream, the new houses spread tract by tract, town by new town across the once-shunned dry riverbeds, up the hillsides, into the canyons and even along the fringes of the forbidding brown mountains. One of the farthest reaches of the commuter turned out...

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