Times Past

February 16, 2014

Track star Floyd Jeter records L.A.'s diverse past

The area was known as “Russian Flats” when the social reformer Jacob Riis visited it in 1910. Riis wrote that it was worse than the tenements of New York. By the 1940s, residents like Floyd Jeter did not think of it as a slum.

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About Dan Krieger

Dan Krieger

Dan Krieger is a professor emeritus of history at Cal Poly and past president of the California Mission Studies Association.