WPA efforts at J.L. Long, White Rock Lake

I’ve heard many a discussion over whether this recession or depression (or whatever you feel comfortable calling it) will lead to some sort of federal government "new, new deal". DMN writer Eric Aasen seized on this in yesterday’s story, looking back at how Dallas benefited from the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression, and how the WPA might have implications for our present situation. Aasen highlighted the work of the WPA at both White Rock Lake and J.L. Long Middle School:

"At White Rock Lake, WPA workers widened Lawther Drive with help from another Depression-era workers’ group, the Civilian Conservation Corps.

"The WPA, as well as other government programs, also bolstered the city’s arts and music scene. At Long Middle School, artist Olin Travis painted a mural in the library."

The WPA also built a picnic shelter at Tietze Park.


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