|Chavez Ravine, 1949: A Los Angeles Story|
Chavez Ravine, the area next to Elysian Park where Dodger Stadium now stands, was obliterated in the 1950s. But it has lived on as a sort of symbol of the cruelty of mid-20th century urban renewal. Fortunately for L.A., a time capsule from that community does exist, one created by a 20-year-old from Seattle.In 1949, photographer Don Normark spent months taking pictures of the working-class, largely Mexican-American neighborhood of Chavez Ravine. The already talented photographer, who went on to work for Sunset Magazine and other publications, had no idea at the time that the village of around 300 families would soon be erased. In 1997, Normark showed a stack of 100 photographs to the former denizens of Chavez Ravine, allowing them to reacquaint themselves with a neighborhood that lived only in their memories.
The result was Chavez Ravine, 1949: A Los Angeles Story, a captivating book of interviews and black-and-white photos on the neighborhood that was razed, first to make way for housing projects, then a major league sports stadium.