The Los Angeles City Council will take up a resolution Tuesday asking the Postal Service to recognize the ballpark as Dodgertown, complete with it’s own Zip Code. Council members Ed Reyes and Tom Labonge sponsored the motion to honor the Dodgers as the team embarks on a $500 million stadium renovation. But what about honoring the history of the people who once lived on the site of the stadium in a small collection of shacks and cottages called Chavez Ravine?
The demolition of Chavez Ravine in the 1950s for an ill fated housing project (the city ended selling the land to build the stadium) is a sad chapter in the city’s history. The tragedy inspired books, plays, documentaries and other works. But don’t go looking for an official city Chavez Ravine monument near the stadium or a “Historic Chavez Ravine” neighborhood sign hanging from light poles. Even the name of Chavez Ravine Road, perhaps the long-lost neighborhood’s most visible marker, was changed long ago. It’s now known as Stadium Way.
Photo from the City Project