HISTORY of VENICE, CA
IN 1891, real estate developer Abbot Kinney and his business partner, Francis G. Ryan, purchased a 1.5-mile long strip of beachfront land located south of Santa Monica. Kinney and Ryan turned their attention to the northern portion of the tract, where they developed a resort community which eventually became known as Ocean Park. Abbot Kinney would likely have dedicated his career to developing Ocean Park; however, in 1898, Francis Ryan died suddenly at the age of 47.
The residents living south of Marine Street voted to establish the City of Ocean Park; it was within this community that Kinney created his most successful development, Venice-of-America. His dream was to develop a themed resort community which would foster a cultural renaissance and recall the exotic character of Venice, Italy through the re-creation of the Italian city's famous canals. Venice-of-America officially opened to the public on July 4, 1905.
NEIGHBORHOODS of VENICE, CA
THE Oakwood portion of Venice lies inland from the tourist areas and is one of the few historically African-American areas in West Los Angeles. During the age of restrictive covenants known as redlining that enforced racial segregation, Oakwood was set aside as a settlement area for African-Americans, who came by the hundreds to Venice to work in the oil fields during the 1930s and '40s.
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