The year 2020 is upon us. Gone are the aughts, tens and teens of the third millennium. For someone who still occasionally writes 19 when I go to date a form, getting my head around 2020 is a big deal.
When I was a little girl I’d often wonder what life would be like after the year 2000. Though my fantasies were mostly stolen from episodes of “The Jetsons,” I could not have predicted how technology like smart phones, the internet and GPS would play such a huge role in our lives. Nor could I have predicted that I’d be the editor of a magazine that celebrates the technological hub that is Silicon Beach.
When we look back a century ago, we think of the Roaring Twenties with the prohibition of alcohol, the Jazz Age and women getting the vote. Americans were keen to adopt new technologies like electricity, telephones and automobiles.
More locally, in 1923 the order of nuns known as the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary began teaching academics to young women in Los Angeles. The efforts of these sisters eventually evolved into the creation of Loyola Marymount University on the bluffs above us. The area we call Playa Vista sat undeveloped until the 1940s, when Howard Hughes famously created Hughes Airport (now the Runway retail space) as part of the Hughes Aircraft Company. A lot has changed, but progress continues.
As Playa Vista transitions into the next decade, it’s fair to say technology will still factor greatly in our lives, but so do our families. Our community will continue to value the same things our predecessors valued 100 years ago: education, safety, women’s rights, great music and technological innovation.
I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Playa Vista Direct; it was a pleasure to put together. I wish all of you the happiest of holidays and dream-filled new decade. Working together we can continue to build community over the next 10 years and beyond.
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