PLAN NOW TO EVACUATE A RUINED CITY AND EVADE A CATASTROPHE Post-World War II Los Angeles was an economic boomtown and a target for nuclear annihilation by the Soviets. The population of Los Angeles in 1950 was nearly two million people with double that living in the expansive county that stretched some 50 miles across. To evacuate that many people, the infant freeway system could only rely on three narrow highways out of town. To alleviate this, it was decided that the best method was to construct a series of roads over the San Gabriel Mountains to the Mojave Desert beyond. The people of Los Angeles, in the event that they must evacuate ahead of some impending doom, were left to rely

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