With enough altitude, the suburban neighborhoods of western Los Angeles merge into a uniform sameness – with one exception: Park La Brea. In the mid-twentieth century, on a remnant of Rancho La Brea, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company financed, built, and managed an uncommon design for Los Angeles living. Nearly all of Los Angeles is a variation on “a house in its garden”; Park La Brea is an island of apartment clusters and residential towers that both reflects and contests the city’s pattern of domesticity.

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CA Housing Forum