Beach Streets - Los Altos



In the late 1940s, the war was over and the GIs and their young wives were going about the business of repopulating the planet at what you might term an enthusiastic clip.

The result was the Baby Boom generation, the explosion of new people who would become known as the celebrated demographic bulge in the python.

Developer Lloyd Whaley, an uncommonly shrewd and forward-thinking businessman from Nebraska, saw the expanse of farmland east of Bellflower Boulevard as a fertile field where Long Beach’s contribution to the new bumper crop of humanity could grow.

Today, the bulk of the 90815 ZIP code is the result of Whaley’s vision, with its sprawl of suburban neighborhoods, fitted around shopping centers, parks, schools and clutches of churches...

Tim Grobarty; Press-Telegram


The formation of some of the city’s nicest neighborhoods — Los Altos, Park Estates and Country Club Manor — sprang from the imagination of one of Long Beach’s most prolific land developers.

Lloyd Whaley could see past the farmland and marshes that stretched east of Bellflower Boulevard to develop what is now much of Long Beach’s modern suburbia, with its parks, libraries, a YMCA and shopping center fittingly nestled among the thousands of homes he built more than 50 years ago.

Whaley Park at 5620 Atherton St. is a reflection of the kind of amenities included in the neighborhoods he developed: a green space near Cal State Long Beach equipped with a sports field, basketball courts, roller hockey practice court, a recreation center and social hall. “He had vision and he saw opportunities here that those of us who were born in Southern California could never see,” John Cleveland told the Press-Telegram in 1991.

Karen Robes Meeks; Press-Telegram

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