1950 Census Presence

So, the 1950 census data, havinf been confidential for the require 70 years, was opened to the public on April 1, 2022.
Sure enough, there I am (the navigation on the ipad is easier than on the laptop) at 1321 1\2 West 39th Street in Los Angeles.

Here is a closer look.

Note that 1319, which is first recorded as no- one home, follows 1321, out of sequence, because Mr. LePorte from Canada was worth recording.

I happen to know that the much more substantial next house over had a garden where the apartment building at 1327 now sits, and was the residence of a black minister and his family.

The neighborhood was well integrated, but for some reason only white people were home when the census taker called.

In 1960, when the spouse was hired to do follow-up on districts where residents had been overlooked, he was repeatedly arrested and thrown into jail over the weekend on the charge of “impersonating a census taker.” Then, on Mondays he’d be sprung by his supervisor who validated his employ.

Why was he thrown into jail on a false complaint? Because there were property owners who did not want it known how many people they had crammed into inadequate housing. Even today the census is focused on population and housing conditions under the direction of the Department of Commerce.

While Calvin Coolidge is remembered for postulating that “the chief business of the American people is business,” his concept of business was much more inclusive of economic enterprise than just moving things around as the commercial clan does. He certainly did not envision it as embedded in Wall Street.

Which leads me to observe that commercial buildings aound the corner on Normandie Ave., which were torched during the Watts riots, have still not been rebuilt. One might conclude that, if they cannot exploit, the commercial clan has no interest in business.

That is something to ponder.