Fabulous 50's "Little Boxes" of Daly City

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I used to live very close to Daly City in Northern California - and I've always wondered about the distinctively retro cute houses in the Westlake district of the city. So it's a pleasant surprise to read a post about the 50's "Little Boxes" at The Retro Blog:

A perfectly planned suburban community, the “little boxes” of Daly City feature bright 50’s colors, sharp, interesting angles, abstract garage door art, and creative atomic landscaping. Retro Renovations recently did a post on the topic, which brought my attention to the “little boxes” flickr photo pool as well as a book devoted to the subject.


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McCobb: Westlake, the suburb featured here, is the suburb that inspired Malvina Reynolds' "Little Boxes" song. The title here wasn't an accident, I'm sure!
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I lived in one of those houses at 308 Skyline Drive in Daly City until I was 10 years old.

The great thing about being a kid in that neighborhood was you always knew were the bathroom was, no matter whose house you were in. In the hallway, the bathroom is on one side, and the closet on the other, but the houses were built in left- and right-hand configurations, so you had a 50/50 chance if both doors were closed and you weren't thinking about it.
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Dude I have a friend that lives in one of those!!!

That's so funny, I never really noticed this as "neat" before.

parking in that area sucks....
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