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Waking Up from the California Dream in the Age of Wildfires

The community, left-leaning and intellectual, was designed to be a middle-class utopia, with affordable Modernist houses and shared resources, such as a coöperative nursery school, and, at the center, a park for sports and picnics. The houses are small, by the current standards of the Zip Code; most of them are an elegant twelve hundred square feet or so—no flab. “This was primarily Jewish population, very progressive, left-wing, almost commie pinko,” Cory Buckner, an architect and historian, who wrote a book on Crestwood Hills, told me. “Anyone coming in had to be acceptable politically.” According to Buckner, people joked that the area’s disproportionate number of obstetricians and psychiatrists made Crestwood Hills a great place to have a baby or a nervous breakdown.

via The New Yorker