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Venice Corner in 1926

Venice Corner in 1926

July, 1926: Corner of Trolly Way and Windward Avenue in Venice. Building at upper left has Chamber of Commerce sign on it.

This photo was published in the July 18, 1926 Los Angeles Times. The accompanying story began:

The attention of Southern California has been centered on the great beach playground and thriving community of Venice ever since the recent annexation of the municipality to Los Angeles. Venice is continuing to develop as the mecca of more than 14,000,000 outside visitors every year, enjoying the amusements and benefits of the beach, reports indicate.

However, the recent rapid advance of Venice is not based on amusements alone as every student of city growth has long since realized. With the annexation, Venice and its 25,000 permanent residents came under the wing of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission which immediately proceeded with a careful study of the needs of “Los Angeles own beach.” Already the results of this study are beginning to be felt in improved traffic conditions and more careful zoning. …

Within a few years, several of the canals were filled in to provide additional streets and room for businesses.

Nov. 15, 1926: Section of Venice canal being filled in to develop business site. Credit: Los Angeles Times.

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