Each of the seventeen thousand five hundred houses would be nine hundred and fifty to eleven hundred square feet on a fifty-by-hundred-foot lot.

Each would have two or three bedrooms, oak floors, a glass-enclosed shower, a stainless-steel double sink, and a garbage-disposal unit. There were to be thirty-seven playgrounds, twenty schools. There were to be a hundred and thirty-three miles of street, paved with an inch and a half of No. There was to be—and this was key not only to the project but to the nature of the community that eventually evolved—a regional shopping center, Lakewood Center, which in turn was conceived as America’s largest retail complex: two hundred and fifty-six acres, with parking for ten thousand cars, anchored by a May Company.

Each would sell for between eight and ten thousand dollars, Low F. “Lou Boyar pointed out that they would build a shopping center and around that a city, that he would make a city for us and millions for himself,” John Todd, a resident of the area since 1949 and Lakewood’s city attorney, later wrote.

As Long As I Got You is released just three weeks after previous single URL Badman failed to make an impression on the top 40 – in fact it barely made the top 100, stalling at number 93.

Lakewood, California, the Los Angeles County community where an amorphous high-school clique identifying itself as the Spur Posse recently achieved a short-lived national notoriety, lies between the Long Beach and San Gabriel freeways and east of the San Diego, part of that vast grid familiar to the casual visitor mainly from the air, Southern California’s industrial underbelly, the thousand square miles of aerospace and oil that powered the place’s apparently endless expansion.

When residents of Lakewood speak about the rioting that began in Los Angeles on April 29, 1992, the date of the first Rodney King verdicts, they are talking about events that seem to them, despite the significant incidence of arson and looting in such neighboring communities as Long Beach and Compton, to have happened somewhere else.

The subject of last year’s riot, and of a possible recurrence, came up one afternoon when I was talking to Susie Hipp and Sharon Jones, two local mothers (this is a community in which many women define themselves as “mothers” or “moms”) who had organized a Celebrate Lakewood movement to counter the negative image the Spur Posse had given to Lakewood High School. Susie Hipp’s husband works at a nearby Rockwell plant, not the Rockwell plant in Lakewood.

In a twisted modern version of Shakespeare's famous Sonnet 18 line "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day", Lily likens her relationship with her man to Class A drug, cocaine. Alfie's sister sings: "What I like best about you is how you keep me on my toes.

Staying at home with you is better than sticking things up my nose."Which we suppose is probably a solid base for a relationship.

Here on this raw acreage on the floodplain between the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers was where two powerfully conceived national interests, that of keeping the economic engine running and that of creating an enlarged middle class, could be seen to converge.