A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 11, 1949

TIME has been reporting the story of Los Angeles' phenomenal growth for a long time. Recently, when Angelenos reelected their mayor, it seemed an appropriate occasion for trying to tell it all in one piece. The result was last week's cover story on Mayor Fletcher Bowron and his city.

The story called for great collaboration. National Affairs Writer Paul O'Neil, who was a reporter for the Seattle Times and Post-Intelligencer before coming to work for TIME, flew to Los Angeles to make his own preliminary investigation of the city. He discussed his impressions...

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