End of the Aerospace Century in SoCal

Earhart at Lockheed.jpg
Amelia Earhart at Lockheed Aircraft Co. in Burbank.

Northrop Grumman's decision to leave Los Angeles marks the end of an era, say scholars William Deverell, Daniel Lewis and Peter Westwick in a Visiting Bloggers post at LA Observed. "Exactly one hundred years ago, Los Angeles hosted the first major air meet in the United States," they write. "Southern California as we know it would not exist without aerospace. Over the twentieth century aerospace was the central factor transforming Southern California from Sunbelt orange groves to high-tech metropolis."

Read the whole thing.

Photo of Amelia Earhart courtesy Harvey Christen collection, Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent Economy stories on LA Observed:
RV encampment on Tujunga Avenue in North Hollywood
Santa Monica cracks down hard on Airbnb units as a business
Michael Milken pitches Latinos as economic force (video)
Doug Kriegel returning to air as a drive-by economist
Junior's Deli can't face rent hike, will close within days
Port deal reached, at least tentatively
San Bernardino to seek bankruptcy, joining the trend
Federal judge in LA files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy


LA Observed on Twitter