From Green Acres to Suburban Poverty

From Green Acres to Suburban Poverty

With Becky Nicolaides

Informal and countrified blue-collar suburbs echo the tradition of the American homestead, in which workshops, gardens, and elements of subsistence agriculture live alongside dwelling space. From these communities, the “silent majority” of the 1960s emerged. Subsequently, they housed new populations, which public policy has done little to stabilize.

Visionary Development: Design Strategies for Better Living

This series of six talks ties together themes of public and private real estate development in Southern California.

In conjunction with A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living.

Becky Nicolaides Biography

Becky Nicolaides is an historian, researcher, and writer, with expertise in the history of North American suburbanization. She has more than twenty years’ experience working in academia and the private sector. In 2006, she transitioned from a tenured faculty position at U.C. San Diego to independent consulting and scholarship. Nicolaides books include the award-winning My Blue Heaven and The Suburb Reader, co-edited with Andrew Wiese and recognized as a top-ten book of the year by She has writen award-winning articles in academic journals, the New York TimesNewsday, and Washington Post. Her current project explores the history of social and civic engagement in the suburbs of Los Angeles since 1945, and has been awarded over $130,000 in grant support since 2007.

Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.

Design Strategies for Better Living is presented as part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together seventeen local cultural institutions from April through July for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways.


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking:  Under the museum, $6 flat rate on weekends. Cash only. 

Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.