The RPC’s vision for the future development of Los Angeles turned out
to be uncannily accurate and forward thinking in its scope, dispelling the
myth that Los Angeles developed in a haphazard manner. During the 1930’s
and 1940’s the regional airports of Los Angeles were able to lure nearly
all the major airplane manufactures, capitalizing on the mild weather and
the military’s interest in dispersing manufacturing for security reasons.
Some of the manufactures to set up shop in Los Angeles included Douglas Aircraft
at Santa Monica airport, Lockheed at Van Nuys Airport, Hughes to Los Angeles
Airport, and Vulteee aircraft, Northrop, and North American Aviation to various
airports in the LA county. For over 50 years this concentration of aviation
design and manufacturing helped propel the economic growth and development
of Los Angeles.
The mulit-nodal city of Los Angeles, as is looks today, is largely a result of the planned dispersion of industrial centers, reinforcing an inclination that was evident from the first settlements. Today the airports of los angeles continue to provide economic stimulus as they transition from aircraft manufacturing centers toward information hubs feeding the communication based industries.