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November 11, 2014

New Deal Deals

The Living New Deal is a project that started out focusing solely on the WPA in California, but then "In 2005, the project became a team effort to inventory, map, and interpret how the New Deal radically modernized California." In 2010 it was expanded to include the entire nation. They've got the whole New Deal and its projects indexed by city and state, by category, by agency, by artist [why the artists are not listed in alphabetical order is beyond me] and even alphabetically. The one piece listed for Diego Rivera, for example, is the "Pan-American Unity Mural" at the City College of San Francisco's Ocean View campus.

A search for New Deal projects in the Coachella Valley turned up only two: Palm Springs high school by the PWA (1938) and highway 60 (now I-10) between Indio and Chiriaco Summit by Federal Public Works (1934-1945) when the Colorado River Aqueduct was being built.

Filed under California,History | permalink | November 11, 2014 at 04:28 PM

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