Topic ID #13272 - posted 8/9/2011 3:57 PM

The Living New Deal Project

Jennifer Palmer

This is an interesting project. Hope it expands beyond California.

The Living New Deal Project

It’s California’s public landscape of the New Deal — schools, hospitals, parks, roads, sewers, airports, amphitheaters, bridges, golf courses, aqueducts, power stations, city halls, art works, and more — constructed by a half dozen federal agencies. They were created by President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal to lift the country out of the Depression. We have been enjoying and prospering from this legacy ever since.

California’s Living New Deal Project is an unprecedented collective effort to inventory and interpret the impact of New Deal public works projects on the Golden State. We invite informants to contribute information and photographs to help us map the vast matrix of public buildings, parks, and infrastructure we have come to take for granted. Through this archaeological dig into California’s lost history, we are revealing an indispensable but invisible landscape while laying the groundwork for a national inventory we wish to host in the Department of Geography.

Post ID#18922 - replied 8/12/2011 8:20 PM


Well preserving architectural history is a good thing, and that part of the project should be able to stand alone, without all the Keynesian propaganda that the links from the story lead to. The New Deal had very little to do with lifting the country out of the Great Depression, in fact without WWII starting up the Depression would likely have lingered on much longer, exacerbated by the very policies extolled throughout the web pages of this project. I'm sure the Department of Geography at Berkley is an excellent program, but they need to stick with that and forgo the economics lessons.

But don't take my word for it. In 1937, Henry Morganthau, FDR's Secretary of the Treasury, said:

"We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong … somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises. … I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started. … And an enormous debt to boot."


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