The Random Valley Front Yard of the Day is an examination in cultural anthropology, in sociological mapping, in group & individual psychology.
The Valley’s urban sprawl can be read as watermarks from specific cultural-time periods. As small-town centers grew outwards from their little city cores (dating from the founding of the first cities here to present), each outward ripple of the population has left its unique timestamp upon the landscape, overwriting the original chaparral first with adobe & agriculture, then brick, Victorian houses on the outskirts and industrial development near the city centers, then Highland Park & Pasadena’s bungalows, then the concentric rings of early housing developments–many in the Valleys and south LA county. These developments usually had three house models tops; sometimes they all looked alike. But as the years pass, the occupants individuate each home. Over time, identical postage-stamp properties look completely different. It’s how we build our little bits of the American Dream to mirror how we view that dream, and how we view ourselves.
Today’s homeowner, disembarking this home (as evinced by the for sale sign) for hopefully better waters, leaves a shipshape mid-fifties house behind–and a nautical theme that could only be taken further if the house were made to look like a boat. Good job, mate. Ahoy!
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